IRAQ: Implicit agreement between Sadrist movement and Iran-backed Coordination Framework on early elections

BAGHDAD — The Sadrist movement’s sit-in in Iraqi Parliament continued following the movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s call for dissolving parliament and holding early elections.

The Iran-backed Coordination Framework (CF) affirmed its support for al-Sadr’s calls and supported any constitutional path to address political crises and achieve the people’s interests.

The CF stressed the need to provide a safe environment for holding the elections which must take place after respecting the constitutional institutions and not disrupting their work, indicating that to do so it is necessary for Sadr’s supporters to withdraw from the parliament building.

Media outlets reported that some CF parties do not want Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to stay in office and are using the situation to pressure him to resign.