Many analysts believe that Muqtada al-Sadr uses his followers to ensure that his views are included when forming the country’s new government. Although parliamentary elections are held in October, there is no incumbent government.
Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters are highly critical of attempts to form a government by a pro-Iranian bloc that nominated Muhammad al-Sudani as prime minister.
Al-Sadr’s movement said in a brief statement on Saturday, that the protesters intend to remain in parliament for the time being.
Some protesters spent the night indoors while others were allowed to stay outside. Volunteers distribute soup, boiled eggs, bread and water.
The crisis worsened last month after 73 deputies from al-Sadr’s bloc resigned in an attempt to end the political impasse. 64 new members were appointed, making the pro-Iranian bloc the largest in parliament.
Saturday’s storm was the second in a few days. Hundreds of Al-Khatib’s followers stormed the parliament building, Wednesday, but left two hours later at the request of Muqtada Al-Sadr.
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