Nouri al-Maliki says early election cannot take place before parliament resumes its sessions
Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said concerning calls for holding an early election on Monday that no election takes place unless the parliament resumes its sessions.

In response to calls for an early election throughout Iraq which were originally generated by influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, head of the state of law coalition in the Iraqi parliament and former Prime Minister of the country Nouri al-Maliki released a statement.

 “Iraq is a country that its components and people consist of a variety of nations and different sects, no will can be more superior above any but only the will of all of the people through the constitutional institutions that represents by the parliament,” al-Maliki said in the statement.

According to Esta Media Network, al-Maliki added “neither the dissolution of the parliament nor holding an early election nor changing the system will not take place unless the parliament resumes its regular sessions."

Since late last July under the direction of their leader the supporters of Sadr have stormed the parliament building, and they hold sit-ins inside the building to prevent the MPs from returning to parliament and form a government out of the Sadrist movement.

Sadr’s social and political movement had 73 seats inside the parliament and it was the major winner of the latest election which was held in October 2021.

However, in mid-June, Sadr decided to withdraw its MPs and pulled out from attempts to form the government after he failed to hold a parliament session with his alliances and form a government devoid of his political rival the Shiite coordination framework.

Sadr demanded to hold another early election in the country, and the dissolution of the current elected parliament, he also frequently called for changing the constitution and the political system as well following the recent subsequent events inside Iraq’s political process.

Iraq’s current political unrest is triggered by a prolonged political deadlock. Nearly 10 months after national elections were held, Iraq has been unable to form a new government. That’s the longest period since the 2003 U.S. invasion that reset the political order.

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