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Al-Sadr breaks his silence with a mysterious invitation to watch “important matters.”


He asked the officials of his movement not to leave Iraq during Ramadan

About 5 months after the formation of the Shiite “coordinating framework” forces, the most prominent opponents of the leader of the “Sadr movement” Muqtada al-Sadr, its government, headed by Muhammad Shia al-Sudani, al-Sadr decided to break the silence that he adhered to throughout that period, with an invitation that confused his supporters as well as his opponents.

In a sudden decision, Al-Sadr informed a group of the most prominent leaders of his movement and those close to him not to travel outside Iraq during the current month of Ramadan.

According to a statement from one of al-Sadr’s associates, the latter told “a group of his leaders not to travel outside Iraq during the month of Ramadan for important issues.”

Mustafa Al-Yaqoubi, the administrative official in Al-Hanana (Al-Sadr’s residence), said that the invitation not to travel includes “Mahmoud Al-Jayashi, Haider Al-Jabri, Aoun Al-Nabi, Hassan Al-Athari, Jalil Al-Nouri, Ahmed Al-Mutairi, Kazem Al-Issawi, and Muayad Al-Asadi.” The decision prohibits members from traveling outside Iraq during the month of Ramadan for “important matters related to the public and private situations, and adherence to the devotional approach for the month, in addition to the presence of several important meetings.”

Al-Sadr remained silent after the formation of the current government, headed by Al-Sudani, despite the attempts made by Iraqi political and party leaders to refrain from boycotting the political process, and to grant him ministerial seats equal to the number of his deputies withdrawing from the Iraqi parliament. However, Al-Sadr rejected all calls in this direction, and at the same time did not ask his supporters present in various state institutions to withdraw from the government, which led to a kind of stability in the relationship between him and Al-Sudani.

Despite al-Sadr’s preoccupation with tweets of a religious nature throughout the past period, the only political decision he made a short while ago was to announce the freezing of the “Peace Brigades”, which is his armed faction in Diyala province, after a series of bloody events in that province. This suggested that al-Sadr wanted with this decision to give the government the full opportunity to enforce the law, after the decision taken by al-Sudani to send troops from Baghdad to Diyala for this purpose.

While al-Sadr’s decision seemed surprising, it comes at a time of increasing differences between the traditional and civil political forces over the election law, most of its paragraphs were voted on at dawn, a few days ago by Parliament, according to the “St. Lego” law, which would exclude civil currents and forces. From the possibility of obtaining seats in Parliament, due to its adoption of a single district, and not multiple districts.

In this context, academic and political researcher Dr. Ghaleb Al-Daami told Asharq Al-Awsat, “It is clear that Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr has a clear activity during the next stage. Either preparing for the elections, participating in the elections, or objecting to the election law.”

In Al-Daami’s assessment as an observer, “This law will open wide doors for fraud, especially after the abolition of biometric counting and the adoption of manual counting, as this method has become the standard adopted in counting operations. This means that if the percentages differ between the electronic sorting and the manual counting, the second case is used. This means that MPs prefer the manual counting method; It is liable to be forged.

Al-Daami explained that “the Sadrist movement has been silent a lot and has moved away from the political scene, but it is clear that there are indications of a return, especially after a series of hasty recent tweets that concern the Sadrist issue specifically,” pointing out that “the call for a number of leaders of the Sadrist movement not to travel, which is What is happening for the first time means many things, including that we are still present in the political scene, and there are other unpredictable visions for the Sadrist movement, as no one expected its withdrawal, but it withdrew.