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Protesters invade Iraqi parliament, escalating political crisis

Outdoor com o rosto do clérigo nacionalista Moqtada al-Sadr, em Bagdá: país vive impasse político desde as eleições legislativas de outubro
Billboard with the face of nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in Baghdad: the country has been in a political stalemate since the October legislative elections

| Photo: EFE/EPA/AHMED JALIL

Hundreds of protesters linked to nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone and Iraqi Parliament this Wednesday () to protest the appointment of new Prime Minister Mohammed Shiya al- Sudani.2716291827162918This was nominated by the largest Shia alliance in the Iraqi Parliament, after the resignation of 73 parliamentarians from the bloc linked to al-Sadr, whose attempts to form a government failed. According to international agencies, there were no parliamentarians in the place at the time of the invasion.

27162918 )Moqtada al-Sadr opposes Iran and the United States and his parliamentary group was the most voted in the legislative elections in October last year, threatening the traditional Shia blocs aligned with the Iranians. Since then, the country has been in a political impasse, due to the lack of an agreement to form a government.

On Twitter, al-Sadr himself said that the “message” from his supporters had been given and asked the protesters to return home “safely”.

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