UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — After about two weeks of calm, the demonstrators raised the voice in Iraq in the face of procrastination by politicians who are unable to agree on a new prime minister with the end of the constitutional deadline today, and in front of the insistence of the Iranian neighbor, which refuses to give up its option.
Thousands of demonstrators cut off the roads and closed government departments in most cities of southern Iraq on Sunday, the date set by the authorities to announce a candidate for prime minister.
While political officials affirm that the Iranian neighbor, who has strong influence in Iraq, continues her efforts to pass her candidate Qusay al-Suhail, who was a minister in the resigned government, the street declared his complete rejection of Al-Suhail, considering that he is part of a political class that has monopolized the government for 16 years in the country.
On Saturday night, demonstrators in Diwaniya and Basra, in the south of the country, declared a “general strike”, after three months of unprecedented protests that left about 460 people dead and 25,000 injured.
After several weeks of calm in the protests by the campaigns of intimidation, kidnappings and assassinations by “militias” according to the United Nations, the uprising returned to resume on Sunday.
And one of the demonstrators in the camp in the city center announced that “the revolution continues.”
The demonstrators had welcomed at the end of November the resignation of the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi. Today, they want to topple Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and President Barham Salih, whom they accuse of “procrastination”.
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The current parliament is the most divided in modern Iraqi history. On Wednesday, lawmakers failed to agree to redraft the election law, the biggest reform authorities introduced to protesters, and held the session until Monday.
In the absence of an agreement between the parliamentary blocs on the personality to be entrusted with the task of forming the government, Saleh extended the constitutional deadline until Sunday, knowing that the constitution guarantees him the nomination of a candidate within 15 days after the end of the official constitutional deadline.
“They do not respect the constitution,” a protester in Diwaniya told AFP. The protesters chanted in the Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, “Barham and Halbusi, the secret of the secret (it is your turn).”
Also in Diwaniya, groups of protesters closed the official departments one by one, holding up signs saying, “We apologize for the inconvenience, we work for you.”
On Saturday night, dozens of demonstrators blocked the highway connecting the southern tribal and oil cities with Baghdad, with burning tires, according to an AFP correspondent.
In Karbala and Najaf, the two holy cities of the Shiites, striking students and students closed all schools, and gathered in the thousands in the arenas, according to reporters at the scene.
In Nasiriyah, the demonstrators cut many bridges and pivot roads, while all official departments remained closed.
In the capital, Baghdad, students gathered in the central Tahrir Square in the center of the capital.
“We reject Iranian control over our country,” Suleimani, 24, a student at the College of Science, told France Press. “Soleimani is the one who manages things for us. Iraq must return to what it was.”
“Honest and honest.”
Moataz, 21, considered that “hundreds of martyrs fell. We want an honest and honorable person, and they want someone to steal.”
Since the approval of the House of Representatives on the first of December of the current resignation of the government of Adel Abdul Mahdi, the Stock Exchange of Politics has started trading several names, some of which were serious, and others were burnt papers to exclude them.
It seems that the Iranians are pushing to name the Minister of Higher Education Qusay al-Suhail, according to several sources confirmed to AFP.
Al-Suhail is a former member of the Shiite leader Moqtada Al-Sadr’s movement, and later joined the State of Law bloc, which is led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Several political sources close to the decision-making circles in the Iraqi capital confirmed to France Press that the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Soleimani, and the official of the Iraq file in the Lebanese Hezbollah, Sheikh Mohammad Kawtharani, were pushing towards persuading the Shiite and Sunni political forces to nominate Suhail.
Suhail’s chances were great in the last hours. But, since consultations in Iraq resemble a secrets fund that comes as a surprise in overtime, it is difficult to predict the name of the prime minister.
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