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News Tech: BAGHDAD, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Iraq’s judiciary suspended its activities on Tuesday after supporters of the powerful Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stepped up pressure on it to dissolve parliament, as one of the worst political crises since the U.S.-led invasion dragged on.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who cut short a trip to Egypt to deal with the crisis, has urged all sides to remain calm and renewed calls for a national dialogue.

The populist leader has helped inflame tensions in Iraq in recent weeks by commanding thousands of followers to storm and occupy parliament, preventing the formation of a government nearly 10 months after elections.

Sadr’s followers began gathering for protests outside the headquarters of the Supreme Judicial Council and Federal Supreme Court in Baghdad. The followers have sent threats by phone, the judiciary said in a statement.

Iraq’s 10-month standoff since the election is the longest stretch without a fully functioning government in the nearly two decades since Saddam Hussein was overthrown in a U.S.-led in 2003.

Sadr was the biggest winner of last year’s election but was unable to form a government along with Kurdish and Sunni Muslim Arab parties, excluding his Iran-backed Shi’ite rivals. RegisterAdditional reporting by Charlotte Bruneau in Baghdad and Alaa Swilam in Cairo; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mike Harrison

Source: Reuters Trust Principles.

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