A dominant political leader announced his retirement, his supporters stormed the palace

At least ten protesters were killed today (Monday) and dozens were injured in riots that broke out in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, after Muqtada al-Sadr, a dominant Shiite leader, announced his retirement from political life on his Twitter account. The crowds broke into the presidential palace, this after weeks of barricading themselves outside the parliament in protest of the political stalemate prevailing in Iraq.

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Al-Sadr (48) has repeatedly expressed his opposition to the intervention of the US and Iran in the internal affairs of Iraq, and in his retirement notice he wrote: “I have decided not to continue dealing with the political affairs of Iraq, and now I am announcing my final departure, and closing my institutions.”

The protesters broke into the swimming pool in the “Green Zone” in Baghdad (Photo: Reuters)

His statement comes after he called on all the bodies and parties that were involved in the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 to resign. In the elections held last October, his political allies won the largest number of seats in parliament, but his lawmakers left due to the political impasse and the failure to form a government.

Source: Maariv.co.il – חדשות מהארץ והעולם by www.maariv.co.il.

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