Sadr dissolves movement’s political bureau after withdrawal from Iraqi elections
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has announced the dissolution of the office of his political movement following the withdrawal of his support for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq.
The political bureau of the Sadr Movement, whose electoral name is Sairoon, was dissolved Thursday after the cleric’s withdrawal from the October elections, citing rampant corruption.
Election officials rejected the withdrawal, saying the deadline had passed, but Sadr, a kingmaker in the Iraqi political system, also withdrew his support for “current and future governments” in a televised speech.
Although the Sadrists control the lion’s share of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government, they have never directly taken ministerial posts, according to Reuters.
It is not clear how the withdrawal of arguably the most powerful actor from Iraqi electoral politics will affect the vote; On Thursday evening, officials insisted the election was still scheduled for October 10, 2021.
Kadhimi said on Thursday that it was “unimaginable” that the Sadrists were not part of the elections, saying the movement is one of the critical segments of Iraqi society.