The Sadrists are looking for an alternative to Al-Hairi and tend to ally with the “Christians”

The Sadrists are looking for an alternative to Al-Hairi and tend to ally with the “Christians”

2022-09-15 08:11

The Sadrists are looking for an alternative to Al-Hairi and tend to ally with the ChristiansShafaq News/ The British “Middle East Eye” website revealed, on Wednesday, that the Sadrists are currently looking for an alternative to their spiritual guide, Kazem al-Haeri, who delegitimized their leader Muqtada al-Sadr, indicating that the Sadrists are focusing their search on a reference that is Iraqi and not allied with Iran. , in an attempt to regain momentum

The British report, translated by Shafak News Agency, did not rule out Iran’s making a “fatal mistake” by continuing its pressure on the Sadrist movement to force it to join its Shiite alliances, and it did not rule out a temporary rapprochement between the Sadrists and the “Octoberian” movement.

At the outset, the report considered that Iran apparently decided to openly oppose the Sadrists in an attempt to prevent them from upsetting the balance of political power among their various allies in Iraq, pointing to Iranian efforts that are considered the most dangerous through coordinated efforts to tame the Sadrist movement within the Shiite fold through delegitimization about the chest.

Haeri’s retirement

And after the report mentioned the announcement of Ayatollah Kazem Al-Haeri, who resides in Iran, about his retirement in an unprecedented statement, he indicated that the Shiite Islamic movements need a religious mandate, usually granted by the Grand Ayatollah, to engage in political affairs, and that Al-Haeri became the spiritual guardian of the Sadrists based on a recommendation From the father of al-Sadr, who was assassinated in 1999.

The report pointed out that Al-Sadr lost the religious mandate that Al-Haeri had granted him, and effectively became unqualified to lead the Sadrist movement.

tense calm

The report added that this step might have amounted to a “fatal blow” to al-Sadr, but it considered that Iran could commit a “fatal mistake,” noting that since the October 2021 elections, Iran has made every effort to force the Sadrists to join the ranks of the Sadrists. Shiite parties loyal to Iran, which made the Sadrist movement more challenging.

The report added that the Sadrists went to the extent of withdrawing from parliament, and also participated in organized demonstrations, noting that with the outbreak of the recent demonstrations and clashes, al-Sadr, despite his political resignation, reappeared again in order to show the extent of his influence, appealing to his followers to disperse within 60 minutes. , They complied immediately and calm returned tense.

He pointed out that although the confrontation ended with an apparent loss for Al-Sadr, “the broader battle is not over yet. The situation currently represents a fragile truce, which was easy in part due to the approach of the annual pilgrimage to Karbala.”

restore legitimacy

The report stated that Al-Sadr continued his stinging criticism of his opponents, accusing them of corruption, adding that “the Sadrists have a lot of work to do if they are betting on regaining the initiative and being effective.”

“The most important task is to restore the religious legitimacy of the political movement and its leader,” the report said.

The report quoted well-informed sources close to the Sadrist movement, that internal talks are taking place regarding the selection of another Shiite ayatollah, and that it is preferable that this be in Iraq or not be allied with Iran, which will enable Sadr to obtain the necessary religious assignment to lead the movement. .

The report concluded by saying that “the biggest challenge is what to do next,” as the Supreme Court recently ruled that it was not within its power to dissolve parliament, which the Sadrists were demanding, adding that “the choice that remains before them now is to move in the street from in order to pressure the dissolution of Parliament and facilitate early elections.”

The report concluded by noting that some within the Sadrist movement are seeking revenge after the killing of many demonstrators during the Green Zone clashes at the end of last month, adding that the violence that occurred may win the Sadrists a potential ally represented in the revolting October protesters in 2019, who were also subjected to many violence.

He considered that although these two groups are not natural allies, their anger that unites them may push them to unite their forces. The report quoted sources as saying that the local leaders of the Sadrist movement actually communicated with October activists in order to coordinate future protests.

He added that if the two sides succeed in creating an alliance and taking coordinated steps, the ruling class in Iraq, in addition to Iran that stands behind it, may face unprecedented challenges.