XINHUA has a photo essay about a date festival in Iraq yesterday. Otherwise?
Nothing much different. The political stalemate continues.
Then why did they try to force the court system to let them back in?
In Friday's snapshot, we noted that Moqtada was asking the KDP and the Sunnis to walk out of the Parliament.
Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said on Friday that the Sadrist Movement has not officially asked it to withdraw from the Iraqi parliament. This comes one day after the movement indirectly called on the Kurdish party to do so.
Salih Mohammed al-Iraqi, who introduces himself as Sadrist Movement Leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s “minister” and acts as a spokesperson for the movement, said in a statement on Thursday that they insist on the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament.
The Sadrist Movement, which was the winner of the October 2021
parliamentary elections, withdrew from the legislature in June after
failing to reach an agreement with the rival Coordination Framework. The
movement had struck a deal with Sunnis and the KDP.
Without mentioning their names, al-Iraq called on both the KDP and Sunnis to follow suit by withdrawing from the parliament to render it illegitimate.
Moqtada is nothing if not litigious. His recent move has been ignored by the US press but there are charges filed against Nouri al-Maliki that he was planning to assassinate Moqtada. The charges made in court (by Sadr's group) are based on the recorded conversations of Nouri's that were leaked over a month ago. In those conversations, he predicted where things were headed. He did not plot to kill Moqtada. But it's not like the nut job al-Sadr ever understood the law. (Or, really, anything else.)
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