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Under the above title, Rauel Mustafain wrote, in "Nezavisimaya Gazeta", about Iraq's standing on the brink of civil war.
The article stated:Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr have left the government's Green Zone in Baghdad, after he urged them to end the protests. Mass unrest erupted there as a result of al-Sadr's announcement of his retirement from politics. Although this was not the first time that he announced his farewell to politics.
The United Nations believes that a very dangerous situation is developing in the country, which could easily escalate into a Shiite-Shiite civil war. Iraq has been stuck, in principle, in a political stalemate since the parliamentary elections last October. Despite obtaining 73 parliamentary seats, the Sadrist movement's politicians failed to form a majority government.
The balance of power that emerged from the elections exacerbated differences between Shiite groups, especially between the Sadrists and their political opponents from the pro-Iranian bloc headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The latter proposed to al-Sadr to act as a single bloc, but al-Sadr announced that he would form a majority government. However, this was not possible, and Al-Sadr announced the withdrawal of his supporters from Parliament.
According to a number of analysts, al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics because, first, he did not want to share power with anyone; Second, he sees himself as the only legitimate figure with the right to appoint a new prime minister.
In general, this is not the first time that al-Sadr has announced his withdrawal from politics. The same was the case in August 2014, in March 2016, and in 2018. Arab experts point to the contradiction that characterizes many of al-Sadr's statements. Only in the past two or three days has he urged his supporters, on the one hand, to "go to the barricades"; On the other hand, he apologized to the Iraqis because his supporters had caused great "harassment" to them; Finally, the Shiites urged the protesters to evacuate the "Green Zone" quickly.
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