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    The president of Iraq proposes holding new elections to overcome the crisis

    A supporter of the cleric Muqtada al Sadr in Iraq – Ameer Al-Mohammedawi/dpa

    The president of Iraq, Barham Sali, has proposed the holding of early parliamentary elections to avoid the chaos resulting from the announcement by the cleric Muqtada al Sadr about his withdrawal from political life in the Arab country.

    Iraq held its last elections in October 2021, but the inability of political actors to readjust the fragile balance between factions and form a government has already led Al Sadr himself to demand new elections, removing his faithful from Parliament.

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    The president took the floor with a speech in which he expressed his dismay at the scenes of tension on Monday and demanded an end to the violence, for which he thanked Al Sadr himself for his “responsible” position of calling for calm , reports the INA agency.

    Sali, who has alluded to the high abstention rate in the 2021 elections, believes that it is time to take out the polls again as a way to guarantee social and political stability and undertake the reforms that citizens have been demanding in the streets, each time with more forcefulness.

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    Iraq is still governed by the power-sharing system established after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, by virtue of which the head of state is reserved for a representative of the Kurdish community – I left since October 2018 -. It is up to a Shia to be prime minister, while the presidency of Parliament is reserved for Sunnis.

    Source: Europa Press


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