Muqtada al-Sadr the leader of the winning Sa’iroun Alliance called on Twitter for a halt on all political negotiations until the protesters demands are met. Sadr met with Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Jan Kubic on Thursday in order to discuss the situation of the country.
Shia political leader Moqtada al-Sadr called for a halt to all political negotiations on the formation of a government on Thursday (July 19) until the demands of demonstrators in southern Iraq are met.
Sadr said in a tweet from his personal account that: “The winning political parties in the election have to suspend all political dialogues for forming coalitions and until they meet protesters’ rightful demands.”
The leader of the Sadrist movement also received the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Kubic, in Najaf on Thursday morning.
During the meeting, they discussed the general situation in the country, the subject of the demonstrations, and the need to meet the demands of citizens for better provision of services.
They also discussed ways in which the United Nations could intensify its efforts to support Iraq and its stability.
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Iraq’s southern cities in protest of shortages of jobs, water, electricity, and basic services.
The Shia heartland in the south has long been neglected despite its oil wealth, first by Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and then by subsequent Shia-led governments, including Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s.