Only 202 lawmakers arrived to Iraq's parliament, falling short of the two-thirds quorum required for the 329-member legislature to conduct an electoral session to select the country's president.
Iraqi security forces used tear gas and sound bombs to try to repel the demonstrators. An expected parliament session did not take place and there were no lawmakers in the hall.
The health ministry said at least 100 protesters and 25 security personnel were hurt in the confrontation. Nearly 10 months after October elections, Iraq is still without a new government despite intense negotiations between factions.
Thousands of supporters of Shi’ite populist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr stormed Baghdad’s fortified government zone and broke into parliament on Saturday for the second time in a week, leaving at least 125 people injured and escalating a political standoff. Protesters rallied by Sadr and his Sadrist Movement tore down concrete
On Wednesday, and again on Saturday, supporters of Moqtada Al-Sadr’s followers stormed the Parliament because they oppose the nomination of Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani as prime minister because he is seen as belonging to the pro-Iran Shia group. Al-Sudani was nominated by former prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki,
It is not clear how the Al-Sadr blocking vacating the seats will facilitate the formation of a government. According to the election law, if a member vacates his or her seat in parliament, the person with the next high number of votes will get the seat.
Overnight, shelling targeted the high-security Green Zone that houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, a security source said, amid angry protests after Sadr's surprise announcement.
In a surprise move on Monday Iraq's powerful cleric, Moqtada Al Sadr announced that he is quitting politics. Moments after Sadr announced the decision, hundreds of his supporters stormed a government palace,
After failing to form a government after the elections in last October, major political players in Iraq have decided on Monday to go for another round of elections to resolve the political impasse. The meeting was attended by President Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, UN Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert,