Iraqi parliament speaker backs PM's proposal to resolve crisis in Baghdad
The Iraqi Parliament Speaker, Mohammed al-Halbousi, announced his support on Tuesday, August 2, for Prime Minister Kadhimi’s proposal to address the political tension in Baghdad.

"We support the initiative of the Prime Minister to find a suitable solution regarding the current events taking place in the country and we stress the necessity to sit at the negotiation table,” Halbousi said in a Twitter announcement.
French President Emmanuel Macron also expressed concern over the situation in Baghdad and called for "calm and restraint.”
Macron said in a statement he supports Kadhimi in his call for dialogue "in response to the aspirations of the Iraqi people.”
Kadhimi on Monday warned Iraq was threatened with "dire consequences” and called on all parties to reduce the escalation of tension amid the occupation of parliament by protestors, Iraqi News Agency said.
He proposed the formation of a committee including representatives of all political parties in Iraq in order to manage the escalating political crisis following protests from supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.
Sadr said on Wednesday, August 3, dialogue with the Coordination Framework is useless and stated the Sadrist Movement is demanding early elections as well as the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament.
Sadr thanked the security forces and those he said are against corruption and who want to make the Iraqi revolution a success. He has called for demonstrations and the sit-ins to continue until the demands of the protestors are met.
According to NRT he said he has not decided whether or not to participate in new elections and criticized the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court’s decision to require a quorum of two-thirds in order to elect the president, referring to "malicious lawsuits that obstructed the formation of the majority government.”
Sadr’s supporters have been holding sit-in demonstrations in the Iraqi parliament building after forcing their way into the Green Zone on Saturday.
On Monday evening, supporters of the rival Shia faction in parliament, the Coordination Framework, held a counter demonstration but appeared to stop short of entering the Green Zone amid fears of further escalation.
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