After a storm by supporters of the radical Shia leader muqtada al-sadri at the Government Palace Baghdadi The number of victims has gone up to at least 15. This is reported by the media (” Associated Press”) citing a high-ranking medical officer. In clashes with security forces, 160 people were injured, it said (“DPA”). Iraqi army Shots were fired and tear gas shells were fired to drive the protesters out of the government palace.
Al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics. Although his movement emerged as the clear winner from the election ten months earlier, it was unable to secure the two-thirds majority required for the presidential election. it has a political Situation,
The parties are yet to agree on a president or head of government. The country is grappling with economic crisis, inflation and corruption.
US President: Embassy staff not fired
john kirbyNational Security Council Spokesperson: Spokesperson for the US Department of Defense.
“The security, stability and sovereignty of Iraq must not be compromised. Therefore, now is the time for dialogue and not for increased confrontation. Above all, we call on those involved to remain calm, abstain from violence and seek peaceful means of reconciliation.
The reports of US embassy employees being fired are not true.
The Iraqi military announced a nationwide curfew and the caretaker prime minister suspended cabinet meetings in response to the violence.
Al-Sadr had long tried to form a majority government with Sunni and Kurdish allies, a coalition led by the former prime minister. Nouri Al Maliki Abandoned.
With “street pressure” and parliament storming, the al-Sadr movement wanted to prevent its political opponents from forming a government around al-Maliki, who is close to Iran. Recently, the 48-year-old religious leader had called for fresh elections.
fear of civil war
The power struggle in the region has been going on since the start of the Ukraine war. Tehran has for years not wanted to give up its influence on the oil-rich neighboring country and has blocked al-Sadr’s takeover of power, according to observers. Many people now fear civil war. Kuwait Iraq urged its citizens to leave the country.
See below with Associated Press, DPA