Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Shiite preacher in Iraq, will leave politics.

Date: 2022-08-29
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In the midst of a severe political impasse, Muqtada al-Sadr, a longtime figure in Iraqi politics, announced his retirement. Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite Muslim cleric in Iraq, declared on Monday that he was leaving politics and closing his institutions due to the nation's political impasse.
"I've made the decision not to get involved in politics. I hereby declare that I am officially retiring "In a message sent on Twitter, Sadr remarked.
Sadr, a veteran of the Middle Eastern country's political landscape, blasted other Shiite political figures for ignoring his appeals for reform.
Sadr stated that certain of his cultural and religious organisations will continue operational despite the closing of his offices.

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Following his declaration, hundreds of his supporters rushed to the government palace, where interim Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has his principal offices.

Iraq has gone the longest without a government despite having the greatest percentage of seats following the elections in October. This is because of a political standoff between Sadr and his Shiite opponents who have ties to Iran. He removed his legislators from the parliament in June after failing to establish the government he wanted


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