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Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urges for early Parliament elections

by Anadolu Agency

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called Wednesday for dissolving Iraq’s Parliament and holding early elections.

“There will be no place for old faces anymore through a peaceful, revolutionary and democratic process and [holding] early democratic polls after dissolving the current Parliament,” al-Sadr said in a televised speech.

The influential leader ruled out dialogue with the Coordination Framework, a coalition of groups close to Iran.

“There is no use in holding dialogue with them,” he said.

The Shia cleric called on his supporters to continue their sit-in in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses government offices and a number of foreign embassies, until their demands are met.

Tension escalated across Iraq since last week following the nomination of Mohammed Shia al-Sudani as a new prime minister by the Coordination Framework, a move that triggered protests from al-Sadr’s supporters.

Iraq has been in a political deadlock for nine months following the country’s general elections last October, which failed since then to agree on a new government between the rival parties.

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