The Leader Of The “Sadr Movement” Is Waking Up To New Rules
By David Sadler Last Updated Mar 24, 2023
Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters, like his opponents, were preoccupied with a vague call from him to await “important matters”, with his movement’s officials calling not to leave Iraq during the month of Ramadan, apparently breaking his 5-month fast on political speech.
It seemed that there was an “awakening” of al-Sadr to the impact of new rules for the political equation in Iraq, which appeared strongly in the agreement between the governments of Baghdad and Erbil to pay the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region, as part of a deal “approved by the coordination framework, in a side reflection of the settlement between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iran.” According to informed political sources.
Representatives from the “coordinating framework” saw that the Baghdad-Erbil agreement laid the cornerstone of a rising alliance, taking advantage of the absence of the “Sadr movement.”
A Shiite political source told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the coordination framework is fully prepared to install new rules for Iraqi political life,” but “the leader of the Sadrist movement will not allow the coordination framework to move forward in changing the rules, away from its influence,” expecting “an imminent move by tenderness.” To put the stick in the wheel, and perhaps pave the way for the return of his political activity.
Informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the expected moves may go beyond an attempt to abort the proposed election law, if the ongoing regional settlements impose a different reality and will prompt al-Sadr to move quickly.”