The Iraqi authorities declared Tuesday a non-working day due to the situation in the country, where clashes are taking place between supporters of the influential Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr and armed groups of his political rivals in Baghdad and a number of other provinces. This is reported by TASS with reference to the Al Arabiya TV channel.
In Baghdad and Basra, fierce fighting continues between a brigade subordinate to the influential Shiite figure Muqtada al-Sadr “Saray al-Salam” (“Peace Detachments”) and formations of the Shiite people’s militia “al-Hashd ash-Shaabi”. Units of the Iraqi army were brought into the capital to reinforce the security forces.
Demonstrations in Iraq began at the end of July after Muhammad al-Sudani, a representative of the Coordinating platform” representing the Shiites in parliament. Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr believe that he should be the only Shiite candidate for the post, so they continue to protest to this day.