Sadrist lawmakers challenge resignations from Iraqi Parliament

73 MPs from Sadrist movement resigned in June amid standoff over formation of new government.

Sadrist lawmakers challenge resignations from Iraqi Parliament

Lawmakers affiliated with Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday filed a lawsuit challenging the acceptance of their resignation from Parliament.

In June, 73 MPs from the Sadrist movement resigned amid a parliamentary standoff over the formation of a new government in Iraq.

Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Halbousi later issued a decree terminating the membership of the resigned lawmaker from the 329-seat assembly.

According to the state news agency INA, the Federal Supreme Court set Sept. 28 as a date to look into the appeal by the MPs.

Tension has been running high across Iraq in recent weeks over the failure of Shia groups to agree on a new prime minister since the country’s last elections Oct. 10, 2021.

More than 30 protesters were killed on Monday when supporters of al-Sadr stormed the Republican Palace, where the government is seated in Baghdad after the firebrand leader said he was stepping down from politics.