Iraq

Iraqi Coordination Framework calls for peaceful protests

The Iraqi Coordination Framework Sunday called on the Iraqi people to demonstrate peacefully tomorrow “to defend their state.”

The Coordination Framework, which is currently the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament after Sadrist deputies resigned, said that the call for demonstrations “comes after recent developments that threaten to plan a suspicious coup and hijack the state.”

The bloc submitted its resignation on June 12, in a move that the leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq Muqtada Al-Sadr considered “a sacrifice for the sake of the country and the people to rid them of an unknown fate.”

Iraq’s Coordination Framework had announced on Saturday that the demonstrations have been postponed “until further notice” to give way for dialogue and political solutions “to ensure unity.”

The Preparatory Committee for the “Defense of Constitutional Legitimacy” demonstrations in Iraq confirmed the postponement of the demonstrations, noting that “the decision to postpone came based on the statements of the leaders of the Coordination Framework and the intervention of clan elders and clerics” in order to “give time for dialogue and positive political solutions to ensure unity and avoid sedition.”

Muqtada Al-Sadr called on Iraqis to support the demonstrators currently camping in the Green Zone in the capital, Baghdad.

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