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Sadr accuses supreme court of supporting those who disrupt parliament

PM:09:09:16/05/2022

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SULAIMANI — The leader of the Sadrist Movement, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, rebuked the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court on Monday (May 16), accusing it of aiding those who disrupt the Iraqi parliament.

Sadr announced in a Twitter statement that he refused to ally with the coalition that obstructs parliament, referring to the rival Coordination Framework, a coalition of pro-Iran Shia parties.

He announced on Sunday his party was turning to the opposition for a one-month period, stating they had no choice but to do so following failed efforts to form a national government.

The Shia cleric said Iraq would not return to the consensus government, the quota system implemented in 2003 that appointed equal representation among the country’s religious and ethnic groups.

The federal supreme court ruled on Sunday the caretaker government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi did not have the authority to enact legislation, annulling the Emergency Law for Food Security and Development that could have kept a food-rationing program amid the increasing price of food worldwide.

The crippling of the caretaker government’s authority also limits the budget and the ability to tackle pressing issues such as electricity and water services.

Iraq has still not formed a government seven months after elections last year after the repeated failure of political rivals to come to an agreement.

(NRT Digital Media)