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Sadr dissolves own political party following withdrawal from elections

The leader of the Sadrist movement and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, decided on Thursday to close the political body of the Sadrist movement, hours after he announced his withdrawal from the upcoming elections.

A document issued by the private office of the Sadr movement in Najaf stated that "in view of the current circumstances and in the interest of the people and the country, it was decided to dissolve the political party."

Sadr’s announcement comes three months ahead of the parliamentary election and days after a deadly fire swept through a coronavirus ward at a Nasiriyah hospital, killing dozens and igniting public anger against the government.

The statement also included that Sadr appointed Nassar al-Rubaie, head of the political body, and his deputy, Muhammad al-Mawsili, as his advisors.

Sadr does not hold an elected position himself, but he leads the Sairoon coalition, parliament’s largest bloc. He was among the first people to speak up in January when the election was postponed from June 6 to October 10, saying he would not accept any further delay.

“I will not allow another postponement of the elections as long as I live,” he said at the time.