Situation Like Sri Lanka in Iraq too, Protesters Occupy Parliament House

Situation Like Sri Lanka in Iraq: The people of Iraq have captured the Parliament building in Baghdad. Protesters are opposing Prime Ministerial candidate Mohammed Shia Al Sudani.
Situation Like Sri Lanka in Iraq too, Protesters Occupy Parliament House
Situation Like Sri Lanka in Iraq too, Protesters Occupy Parliament House

Situation Like Sri Lanka in Iraq: Due to political instability and economic crisis in neighbouring Sri Lanka, there is a lot of resentment among the people there.

The general public of Sri Lanka took to the streets against the government and occupied the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the PM's residence.

On the other hand, a situation like Sri Lanka is now visible in Iraq. There are also fierce demonstrations in Iraq.

Demonstrations are taking place against Prime Ministerial candidate

Protesters capture Parliament House in Baghdad on 27 July. These demonstrations are taking place against the Prime Ministerial candidate Mohammed Shia Al Sudani.

Demonstrations are taking place against Prime Ministerial candidate
Demonstrations are taking place against Prime Ministerial candidateImage Credit: Reuters

Most of the protesters are supporters of Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Protesters stormed the Parliament building to protest the Prime Minister's nomination. Al-Sudani is a former minister and former provincial governor.

According to news agency Al Jazeera, protesters were seen singing and dancing in the parliament building.

No MP was present when the protesters entered Parliament House. Although security forces were present in Parliament, they did not stop the protesters.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's warning

Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa Al-Kadhimi
Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa Al-KadhimiImage Credit: Iraqi Parliament / Handout - Anadolu Agency

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has warned the protesters. He has asked the protesters to leave the green zone immediately.

In a statement, the PM said that strict action will be taken against the protesters for any damage to the security and security arrangements of state institutions and foreign missions.

Effect of PM's warning

After the PM's warning, the protesters started coming out of the Parliament House. Earlier, the police used water cannons to disperse the protesters, but still many people broke in.

Impasse over the formation of new government continues

In the elections held in October 2021, al-Sadr's faction won 73 seats. Al-Sadr became the largest bloc in the election, but talks of a new government have stalled since the vote.

Al-Sadr withdrew himself from the negotiation process. There is a deadlock over the formation of the new government.

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