Sadrists announce latest boycott of government formation in Iraq
Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, the country's new prime minister, has 30 days to form a cabinet
By News Desk - October 15 2022

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, demands that the Supreme Judicial Council dissolves parliament by the end of next week. (Photo credit: Iraqi News Agency)

Sadrist officials in Iraq announced on 15 October that they intend to boycott attempts by the new Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani to form a government cabinet.

Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi, a prominent figure in the Sadrist movement, said that the bloc expresses their “categorical, clear, and explicit rejection” of the formation of a cabinet by Sudani.

This announcement comes a few days after parliament named Abdul Latif Rashid as the country’s new president.

Rashid immediately named the Coordination Framework (CF) nominee, Sudani, as Prime Minister. He now has 30 days to form a cabinet to lead Iraq out of its political crisis.

The Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, won 73 out of 329 seats in early elections last October.

However, since his ascension to kingmaker in Iraq, Sadr failed to create a majority government that would exclude Shia parties associated with the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

The 12-month deadlock included Sadr withdrawing all of his parliamentarians, fueling deadly protests on the streets.

Over the past few months, the streets of Baghdad and other locations, such as Basra, have been lit up by sporadic clashes between Sadrist militias and Iraqi security forces.

The situation led Sadr announce his retirement from Iraqi politics for the second time this year, in the hopes of avoiding a larger escalation. However, his followers stormed Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone and clashed with security forces, resulting in the deaths of at least 23 people.

In response to armed clashes, the Sadrist movement announced the halt of all actions by its armed factions in Iraq, except for in the regions of Salah al-Din and Samarra, according to a report published by Al Mayadeen on Thursday, 6 October.

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