Hours after Al-Sadr's sermon, the framework holds a meeting in the presence of all its leaders
An informed political source told Shafak News Agency; "The coordinating framework is currently holding a meeting at al-Hakim's house to discuss political developments."
The source added; "The meeting will discuss what was mentioned in the sermon of Al-Sadr during the unified Friday prayer."
Earlier on Friday, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, renewed his call for dissolving the armed factions that operate outside the framework of the state, while stressing the need for "tested" political figures not to take positions in the next federal government.
This came in a Friday prayer sermon, read on his behalf by Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Jiashi, in the midst of a large crowd of worshipers who follow the Sadrist movement, in a unified prayer held in Al-Sadr City in the capital, Baghdad, at the invitation of Al-Sadr.
In the sermon Al-Sadr wrote in his own handwriting, Al-Jiashi said, "We are at a difficult and rugged crossroads, where there is a demand for the formation of the government by some whom we do not think well and whom we have tried previously."
Al-Sadr called on those who opposed the formation of the government to get the rest of the occupation out through diplomatic and parliamentary means, saying: These are the rights of the people away from the occupation and the terms of the agreement with it.
The leader of the Sadrist movement also called on the Shiite political blocs to repent to God and to try their corrupt members before the judiciary.
He also said, "I am not a spokesman for the reference, and everyone knows that the reference has closed its door to all politicians without exception, and this in itself is an insult for Shiite politicians in particular, so I ask them to ask forgiveness from God first, and before the reference second."
Al-Sadr continued, in his talk about those who oppose the formation of the government, that "most of them are not convinced that love of the homeland is part of faith, and their orientations have become external, and I ask them to put love of the homeland above anything else and to treat other countries reciprocally diplomatically, socially and economically."
He pointed out that "it is not possible to form a strong Iraqi government with unrestrained weapons and unrestrained militias, so they must dissolve all factions, and if the occupier returns, we will all return."
Al-Sadr, in his name and on behalf of the Popular Mobilization Forces, thanked the people of the Sunni areas liberated from the grip of ISIS, saying that “they accepted us as liberators, and without their cooperation, the usurped lands would not have been liberated. The Mujahideen among them, abandoning favoritism, keeping the crowd away from foreign interference, not engaging in sectarian and foreign wars, and keeping it away from politics and trade.”
In his sermon, Al-Sadr also touched on the formation of the next Iraqi government, saying, "Previously, we have all heard that the experimenter is not tried, and we added it to (Al-Shala'a Qulaa), so do not repeat the experimenter, for he continues to do so. And the suffering of the people continues.
Al-Sadr stressed that "the Iraqi army and police must be respected and the militias' attacks on them must be stopped, and the militias must be in charge of the rest of the formations and keep them away from the occupier and foreign interference."
The leader of the Sadrist movement called for "taking care of the people of the liberated areas and keeping the militias away from them and the corrupt merchants, and that they be built in the hands of their people, and not to lose sight of the central and southern regions that have suffered greatly from a lack of services."
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