Sadrists again storm Baghdad's government zone

AP , Wednesday 28 Sep 2022

Supporters of Iraq's influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr again stormed Baghdad's Green Zone government area Wednesday as the Iraqi parliament held session on the resignation of its speaker.

Iraqi supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada clash with security forces in Tahrir Square during a parliament session in the nearby high-security Green Zone on September 28, 2022.


Associated Press journalists saw those supporting al-Sadr waving flags as security forces gathered around them.

Al-Sadr's bloc won the most votes in parliamentary elections last October but he has been unable to form a majority government. His followers stormed the parliament in late July to prevent their rivals from Iran-backed Shiite groups from forming the government.

With ensuing rallies, clashes with security forces, counter-rallies and a sit-in outside parliament, the government formation process has stalled.

Al-Sadr has now been calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections and has been in a power struggle with his Iran-backed rivals since the vote.

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