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In the political process, the Sadrist movement is a “difficult number,” especially since indications of its withdrawal from Parliament confirm the rise in popularity of its leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, while the street awaits the decision to return to the political process, which has become dependent on al-Sadr’s decision, according to those close to him.
In June 2022, the leader of the Sadrist movement announced his withdrawal from the political process and the resignation of all representatives of the Sadrist bloc from Parliament after a round of mutual protests and objections from the coordination framework to the election results and the subsequent clashes between members of the Peace Brigades and some militants in the Green Zone, in what was then called Sadrist ““ Ashura Revolution.
Withdrawal and chest popularity
A person close to the Sadrist movement confirms today, Friday (September 22, 2023), that Muqtada al-Sadr’s popularity has increased after his withdrawal from Parliament.
The source told "Baghdad Today", "Muqtada al-Sadr is a national Iraqi leader and his decisions stem from his concern for the security and stability of Iraq in the first place," noting that "his withdrawal from Parliament despite his movement having more than 70 seats is a national decision and his popularity has increased."
The preliminary results of the early legislative elections in Iraq in 2021 showed the growing strength of the Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, and its ability to win the street, as it won the largest number of seats by a large margin over its closest competitors, and the movement’s share was 73 seats, according to the Election Commission.
Return and the politics of “revenge or reconciliation”
The source close to the Sadrist movement adds: “Al-Sadr is strong and his return to politics depends exclusively on his decision, and he is the one who takes the steps he deems appropriate, whether entering the elections or suspending participation in them,” pointing out that “he does not carry any spirit of revenge with any party if he returns.” Because his vision is national and he sacrificed a lot for Iraq.”
On September 18, 2023, political analyst Muhammad Ali al-Hakim confirmed that “the return of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to political work is inevitable.”
Al-Hakim indicated in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “it will not be through the provincial council elections, as some imagine, but perhaps it will be through the House of Representatives elections and as a result of unforeseen events that will occur in Iraq during the coming year, such as crises and other things, but this return is inevitable.” ".
Current is a difficult number
The source confirms that "the Sadrist movement is a difficult number in the political equation in Iraq, and its withdrawal from Parliament of its own free will is not a retreat as much as it is an affirmation of a national concept that was absent from most of the forces for the country."
On (September 14, 2023), a source close to the Sadrist movement, who refused to reveal his name for reasons related to his position, said, “The Sadrist movement has made its choice not to participate in the provincial council elections scheduled to be held on December 18, and not to support any list or independent candidates, and the decision is clear and uncontroversial.” ".
The source explains to “Baghdad Today” that “the Sadrist movement has large popular bases in the governorates that are still waiting for a position of tenderness regarding whether it can cast its votes personally or whether it is committed to boycotting and not participating,” pointing out that “the masses of the Sadrist movement constitute large proportions in Any elections and their boycott means a further decline in participation rates.”
Source: Baghdad Al-Youm + agencies