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The Media Line: 73 Iraqi Lawmakers Resigned En Masse To End Country’s Political Deadlock. It May Spark Chaos

73 Iraqi Lawmakers Resigned En Masse To End Country’s Political Deadlock. It May Spark Chaos

Iran will try to take advantage of the maneuver which likely will make its allied the new majority in the country’s parliament, expert says

By Debbie Mohnblatt/The Media Line  

The largest party in Iraq’s parliament resigned in a joint move led by the party’s leader, the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Seventy-three out of the 329 members of the country’s parliament presented their resignation letters to the parliamentary speaker, Mohammed al-Halboussi, on Sunday.

Iraq has remained in political deadlock eight months after parliamentary elections; a government has not been formed due to sharp divisions among the political factions, which has prevented the body from electing a president.

Sadr describes himself as in opposition to both Iran and the United States. As the largest party in the parliament, the Sadrist party has attempted to form a government that would leave out the Iran-backed parties which have ruled the country for several years. This has not been possible for the last several months.

Sadr, in a statement released on Sunday, called the mass resignation “a sacrifice from me for the country and the people to rid them of the unknown fate,” by providing a space for a new government to be formed and to end the political deadlock.

https://themedialine.org/by-region/73-iraqi-lawmakers-resigned-en-masse-to-end-the-countrys-political-deadlock-it-may-spark-chaos/

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