On Wednesday 29th of August, Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr issued a written statement in which he called for a million-man turnout to the Friday congregational prayer in Kufa in an anti-corruption protest amidst efforts to form a new Iraqi Government.
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.
Current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose bloc, the Sa'iroun Alliance, won the most seats in the recent elections, announced that their political blocs would enter into an alliance. The leaders said that their alliance will cross sectarian and ethnic divisions.
20 arrest warrants were issued for individuals accused of being involved in the blast that struck Baghdad on June 6th. 18 people were killed in the blast at a suspected arms depot in Sadr City district.
In an operation dubbed the Great Badr operation, which took place between Iraq's Anbar and Salahuddin provinces, Saraya al-Salam, the armed brigade affiliated with Muqtada al-Sadr, announced that it has killed 13 ISIS militants
Parties and coalitions in Iraq have started negotiating with one another in order to reach a majority in the upcoming parliament. Parties with less seats must make concessions so that they are included in the forming of the new government.
Shiite preacher Muqtada al-Sadr sounds out heads of key parliament factions over coalition after his shock election win in the 2018 Iraq Parliamentary Elections.. Sadr has reinvented himself in the past few years as an anti-graft crusader looking to bridge Iraqi society in alliance with secular leftists.
Victory for veteran nationalist Moqtada al-Sadr's Marching Towards Reform alliance in the Iraqi election would be a clear rejection of Iraqi elite that has run the country since the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
Al Nasr, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's bloc, looks to have won in only one province, according to preliminary results. Muqtada al Sadr backed Sa'iroun Alliance has come first in Baghdad and other provinces throughout Iraq.