Muqtada Sadr asks independent MPs to form government

The leader of the Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on independent members of parliament on Wednesday to form a new coalition of at least 40 members apart from the Coordination Framework and for this bloc to contact the Saving the Homeland alliance in less than 15 days to form the new government as soon as possible.

Sadr said on May 4 that the Coordination Framework has failed to form a national majority government.

He stated the Sadrist Movement would not take part in any of the ministries.

Sadr asked some of the components of the Coordination Framework, without specifying which, to become allies with the Sadrist fraction to end the political deadlock in Baghdad.

The Coordination Framework proposed a new initiative on Monday calling on political parties to engage in "unconditional dialogue” to end the deadlock of forming the new Iraqi Government.

Sadr announced in March he would give 40 days for the Coordination Framework to discuss and come to an agreement with other parties (aside from the Sadrist bloc) in Iraq’s parliament on forming a new government.

The 40-day deadline will expire in one week.

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