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Iraq’s political turmoil will worsen as the judiciary ceases to function

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News Politics: Muqtada al-supporters Sadr’s have gathered in front of the Supreme Judicial Council of the nation, expanding a sit-in that first started in front of the parliament building, and raising their calls for the dissolution of parliament. Government buildings and embassies, which are both located in Baghdad’s heavily protected Green Zone as a result of American occupation, are at the centre of a political uproar in the nation right now. When reporting on Tuesday from outside the Supreme Judicial Council, Mahmoud Abdelwahed of Al Jazeera stated that “these supporters came from the area in front of the parliament.” They claim they are asking the Judicial Council to dissolve the legislature and order the relevant authorities to arrange early elections in order to obtain

Supporters of the Shia religious leader, who has been a growing force in Iraqi politics over the last decade, emerged as the biggest party in parliament after elections in October.

Al-Sadr warned last Wednesday that he was giving the judiciary a week to dissolve parliament, but the Supreme Judicial Council has stated that it does not have the authority to do so.

The unrest at Iraq’s judiciary has forced the country’s caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to return to the country from a regional summit in Egypt. Al-Kadhimi said that the suspension of the judiciary risked pushing the country into “grave dangers”, and called for political talks to restart.

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