We support a political solution to the current stalemate: Iraqi PMU leader

The chairman of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi, says the counter-terrorism group supports a political solution to the crisis in the Arab country.

The PMU advises all political groups to settle their differences through dialogue and interaction through legal channels, Falih al-Fayyadh said at a press conference Monday evening in the Lebanese capital Baghdad, quoted by the Lebanese television news channel al-Mayadeen.

“Hashd al-Sha’abi promises the Iraqi nation that it will maintain the political process through legal institutions and stresses the need to protect and preserve democratic institutions in the country,” al-Fayyadh said.

He added that all major political groups in Iraq must respect the constitution and accept the election results.

Fayyadh also called for calm and restraint among all factions for the good of Iraq, saying the PMU reiterates its deep commitment to a political process and transfer of power through the ballot box.

“Weapons are not a solution to the political crisis”

In addition, the head of the Fatah Alliance (Conquest) in the Iraqi parliament, Hadi al-Amiri, called on people to show maximum restraint, stop using weapons and solve their existing problems. through dialogue and negotiations.

“The use of weapons cannot solve the current crisis. There is no other solution than dialogue and understanding between our Iraqi brothers,” said Amiri, who is also the head and secretary general of the Badr Organization.

Kurdish veteran leader calls for calm

Meanwhile, senior Kurdish politician Masoud Barzani called for restraint, urging all parties “not to use the language of arms and violence to resolve conflicts”.

Barzani, the former president of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of northern Iraq and leader of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party, also called on all parties to “think about solutions that do good for the Iraqi people and take into account the general interest of the people”. and the country.

The Media and Communications Commission (CMC) in Iraq also called on all news agencies and media outlets to “avoid spreading fake news and rumours.”

He called on them to “ensure accuracy and not take biased positions that contradict the laws and principles of media broadcasting”.

The commission also stressed that “Iraqi media should refrain from publishing material that incites violence and hatred, and should not rely on speech that would contribute to a further escalation of the status quo.”

According to Iraqi medical sources, at least 30 people were killed in the clashes in Baghdad‘s Green Zone.

The sources said that 700 people were injured, including 110 members of the security forces.

Violence erupted on Monday as prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced he was quitting politics and closing his political offices amid a political stalemate that has left the Arab country without a new government since elections. legislative last October.

“I have decided not to meddle in political affairs. So I am now announcing my final retirement,” Sadr wrote in an Arabic post posted on his Twitter account.

In his statement, Sadr also attacked his political opponents and said they had ignored his calls for reform.

The statement comes as many of Sadr’s supporters have been taking part in a sit-in outside the Iraqi parliament since late July.

Earlier, the top judiciary said it lacked sufficient authority to dissolve the country’s parliament, urging all parties to refrain from involving the judiciary in political rivalries.

Sadr had called for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. He had also called on his supporters to continue the sit-in inside parliament until his demands were met.

Sadr’s bloc emerged from the October elections as the largest parliamentary faction, but was still far from having a majority, causing the country’s longest political vacuum since the devastating 2003 invasion of the Arab country led by the Arabs. United States.

In June, the bloc’s 73 lawmakers vacated their seats in a move seen as an attempt to pressure their political rivals to fast-track government formation.

According to Iraqi laws, if a seat in parliament becomes vacant, the candidate with the second highest number of votes in his constituency replaces him.

This means that many of the seats left vacant by the Sadrists will therefore be filled by member parties of the Coordinating Framework Alliance, such as former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Rule of Law and the Fatah Alliance, which is the political wing of the PMU.

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