Prominent Iraqi Shia Leader Al-Sadr Boycotts Political Process

Prominent Iraqi Shia leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr said he has decided to boycott the political process to avoid involvement with “corrupt” politicians.

Al-Sadr, who is also head of the Sadrist movement in the Iraqi parliament, said he “won’t participate in the upcoming elections if the corrupt participate.”

In a closed meeting with members of his bloc in Najaf, Al-Sadr ordered them to resign and one day ago he called on 73 politicians from his party to quit the assembly.

“Al-Sadr met with MPs who recently resigned from parliament and said you will represent the block again if I return and the corrupt politicians step down,” Shafaq News reported, citing a source.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that Al-Sadr will make another important announcement after meeting with all party members.

Al-Sadr is one of the most influential politicians in Iraq and he has held seats in parliament since 2005. Al-Sadr emerged as the winner of the October vote as he won 73 out of 329 seats in parliament, but his rivals rejected the results.

Since then the two sides failed to reach any political consensus and the mass withdrawal of the Al-Sadr block turned the prospect of forming an inclusive government in Iraq into suspicion.

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