No MLA was present. There were only security forces inside the building and they let the protesters in relatively easily.
The breach came amid the biggest protests since the Iraqi election in October. Protesters were recently protesting the nomination of Mohamed al-Sudani as the official candidate coordination framework Bloc, a coalition led by Iran-backed Shia parties and their allies.
Earlier on Wednesday, protesters, many of whom were followers of the influential cleric, breached Baghdad’s fortifications. green area To oppose the selection of a candidate for prime minister by Iran-backed parties.
Riot police used water cannons to disperse the protesters who tore down the walls of the cement blast. But many broke the gates of the area, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.
The demonstrators walked down the main street of the area, with dozens of people gathering outside the doors of Parliament House.
The riot police gathered at the door of the main gate. Protesters crowded around two entrances to the Green Zone, some breaking down a cement wall and chanting, “Sudanese, out!”
Acting Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called for calm and restraint and called on protesters to “withdraw immediately” from the area.
The protesters were largely followers of influential Shia cleric Muktada al-Sadr, who recently resigned from the political process despite winning the most seats in the October federal election. The protesters took pictures of the cleric.
In 2016, al-Sadr supporters stormed parliament in a similar fashion. They staged a sit-in and called for political reform after then-prime minister Haider al-Abadi sought to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats in an anti-corruption campaign.
Al-Sudani was elected by State of Law leader and former premier Nouri al-Maliki. Before al-Sudani can officially face parliament as the designated premier, the parties must first choose a president.
Al-Sadr withdrew from government formation talks because he was not able to produce enough lawmakers to obtain the required majority for the election. Iraqthe next President.
By replacing his lawmakers, the Framework Leader proceeded to form the next government. Doing so also opens the door to street protests organized by many fear al-Sadr’s large grassroots following and instability.