June 1, 2023

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What we know about the intensifying political crisis in the country

Tension increases Iraq. The Iraqi army declared a curfew in Baghdad from 3:30pm on Monday, while supporters of Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr stormed the Palace of the Republic in the afternoon.

The reason? in the morning, Sadar in Mokta He announced his permanent retirement from politics. Ten months after the October 2021 assembly elections, a decision that could reinforce instability in the country. We take into account the political deadlock that could soon turn into a civil war.

A powerful leader

This Monday morning, Moqtada Sadr announced his “final retirement” from politics. A very influential cleric ShiiteIraq, accustomed to blows, made the announcement at a time when it is mired in a deep political crisis from October 2021 legislative elections.

Iraq, rich in oil but mired in a severe economic and social crisis, does not yet have a new prime minister or a new government, and Shiite forces, including Moqtada Sadr, have failed to agree on their own system of office.

With a large base of people, a black turbaned ex-combatant leader, the identity of the descendants Mohammed, He proved once again that he is capable of turning the tables on Iraq with a single tweet.

Moqdada al-Sadr, who criticized other Shiite political leaders for ignoring his calls for reform, said in a statement posted on Twitter: “I hereby announce my final withdrawal.


After Muqtada Sadr’s declarations, the Iraqi army imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. BaghdadThousands of supporters of the Shiite leader expressed their displeasure inside and outside the Green Zone (the most secure enclave in Baghdad, which was established in April 2003 following several attacks in the country).

“A total curfew in capital Baghdad affects all vehicles and all citizens from 7 p.m. this Monday,” the Joint Operations Command said in a statement, as several dozen Sadrists stormed an official building in the city. Super safe green zone.

Intrusion into the palace

Hours after the curfew was announced, dozens of supporters Sadar in Mokta After the Iraqi Shiite leader announced his “retirement” from politics, people stormed into the Palace of the Republic, a ceremonial building in Baghdad, to vent their anger, we learned from security forces.

Supporters of the religious and political leader “entered the Palace of the Republic”, which is located in the highly secure Green Zone, with its gates closed, the security source said on condition of anonymity. In Baghdad, several thousand sadists flocked to this inner-city compound, where the president regularly received special guests.

outside Zone Verde, on the streets of Baghdad, thousands of pilgrims chanted “Moqtada! Moqdada! “.