Al-Sadr blocks the way for al-Maliki and any candidate he represents

Al-Sadr blocks the way for al-Maliki and any candidate he represents

7-28-2022

Al-Sadr blocks the way for al-Maliki and any candidate he representsBAGHDAD – Thousands of Sadrists’ supporters flocked to Tahrir Square in the center of the capital, Baghdad, to demonstrate against the candidate for the coordination framework for the prime minister, Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani, in a move Iraqi sources said that Muqtada al-Sadr aims to block the path for his opponent, former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, to head the government he or Which filter it represents.

Well-informed Iraqi sources say to “Al-Arab” that al-Sadr knows very well that the arrival of a prime minister loyal to al-Maliki means that the dismantling of the Sadrist system in security and politics is a matter of time, and also means a plan to uproot the Sadrists from the joints of the state and deprive them of positions and financial capabilities.

These sources indicate that al-Sadr seeks not to repeat the previous Maliki mistake when he dealt a strong blow to the Sadrists, but he did not completely eliminate them, so they are now back to strangling him politically, once in Parliament and times on the street, considering that the battle for the Sadrists is an existential battle with al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki’s control will lead to the adoption of a plan to uproot the Sadrists from the joints of the state and deprive them of positions and financial capabilities.

The Sadrists know their opponent well, and they remember the “Salalah al-Fursan” operation launched by the Maliki government in March 2008 against the Mahdi Army militia led by Muqtada al-Sadr. The fighting lasted for nearly three weeks and led to the surrender of the Mahdi Army and the defeat of al-Sadr.

Observers say that the Sadrist movement took enough lessons and lessons in its relationship with al-Maliki, which explains his resort to the street directly to thwart al-Maliki’s return to the fore and the receipt of power.

What raises the Sadrists’ fears are the most recent leaks issued by al-Maliki, in which he hinted at a Shiite-Shiite war to eliminate al-Sadr after describing him as ignorant and spiteful, “and he has three bad qualities, he wants blood, he is a coward, he wants money and stole the whole country, and he wants to be.” Your Lord is Most High’, and Imam Mahdi, as his group claims to do so.”

Hundreds of protesters penetrated the heavily fortified Green Zone, which includes government headquarters and diplomatic missions, which led to a clash with the security forces, who opened fire and used smoke bombs, in an attempt to stop the demonstrators’ advance.

The demonstration started in the afternoon from Tahrir Square in the center of the capital, where the demonstrators raised Iraqi flags and pictures of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, expressing their refusal to nominate the Sudanese coordinating framework for prime minister, then they headed across the Jumhuriya Bridge to the gates of the Green Zone.

Some of the demonstrators carried banners with slogans condemning Al-Sudani’s candidacy for prime minister. And some of the protesters, who were carrying pictures of Al-Sadr, succeeded in storming the headquarters of the Prime Minister, as well as the headquarters of Parliament.

They also demanded the suspension of the current constitution until a new constitution is written, the dissolution of the Supreme Judicial Council, and the rearrangement of the judicial authority by separating the Federal Court from the judiciary.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi called on the demonstrators, in a statement, to “adhere to their peace…and to the instructions of the security forces responsible for protecting them in accordance with regulations and laws” and to “immediately withdraw from the Green Zone.”

The statement added, “The security forces will be committed to protecting state institutions and international missions, and preventing any disruption to security and order.”

Leaders in the Sadrist movement had hinted at moving the street against the efforts of the coordination framework to form a new government, and among them was the director of Sadr’s office in Baghdad, Ibrahim al-Moussawi, who said in a tweet that “the rule is for the people, not for the (coordinating) framework.”

Observers believe that the movement of the Sadrist movement to the street was expected, and had been prepared for it about two weeks ago through what was called the unified Friday prayer, noting that al-Sadr wants to cut off the road to his opponents within the coordination framework to form a government, especially after their success in overcoming the obstacle of choosing a prime minister by Agreement on the Sudanese, who belongs to the Islamic Dawa Party led by rival Nuri al-Maliki.

On the fourteenth of this month, the leader of the Sadrist movement published a tweet that was considered a message from him to his supporters to prepare to take to the street, in which he said, “The choice is for the people, and I support them previously and in the coming days, if they want to stand in support of reform.”

Since last September, Iraq has been witnessing a complex political crisis as a result of the insistence of the Sadrist movement, which has a parliamentary majority, to form a “national majority” government, in contrast to the insistence of the pro-Iranian forces involved in the Coordination Framework Alliance on a consensual government. Al-Sadr took a dramatic step last month by submitting the seventy-three deputies of his bloc to resign from parliament, which gave the coordination framework a parliamentary majority.

The withdrawal of the Sadrist movement gave way to the coordination framework, which includes the forces loyal to Iran, to take control of the political process, and the framework announced a few days ago that it had chosen a prime minister.

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