Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his resignation from politics on Monday, sparking violence in the country. There has been a clash between al-Sadr’s supporters and the army in Baghdad.
The death toll in the clash has reached 20. According to a news agency, more than 300 people have been injured so far. After the cleric’s announcement, thousands of supporters rioted in Iraq’s Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.
Meanwhile, Muqtada al-Sadr announced a hunger strike until the protesters stopped using violence and weapons.
10 important things about Shia cleric’s reason for leaving politics and the situation in Iraq after that…
1. Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr has announced a hunger strike until violence and the use of weapons cease.
2. Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics, after which al-Sadr’s supporters stormed the presidential palace in support of the cleric. Considering the situation, army has been deployed in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
3. Medical officials said 15 protesters were injured in riot police firing during demonstrations following the Shia cleric’s announcement.
4. The Iraqi army announced a curfew in the city on Monday in an effort to calm rising tensions and end fears of clashes.
5. According to a statement, the army asked the cleric’s supporters to withdraw immediately from the heavily guarded government sector and exercise restraint to prevent clashes.
6. Tensions in Iraq’s government have come since cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s party won the most seats, but fell short of a majority in October’s parliamentary elections. He refused to negotiate with the Iran-backed Shiite opposition to form a consensus government.
7. Al-Sadr’s supporters stormed parliament in July to prevent the opposition from forming a government and have been on strike for more than four weeks. His gathering has likewise left Parliament.
8. Although this is not the first time al-Sadr has announced austerity, he has made similar announcements before. Some saw al-Sadr’s move as another attempt to go against the opposition amid the current situation. However, some people have expressed fears that this time the situation in the country may worsen which is already bad.
9. Notably, Maulvi al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics in a tweet and ordered the closure of his party offices. Iraq’s acting prime minister, Mustafa al-Qadimi, demanded that al-Sadr ask his supporters to withdraw from government institutions. He likewise reported the delay of bureau gatherings.
10. The United Nations has urged the Iraqi president to rise above his differences and manage the situation with all forces.