Iraq’s Supreme Judiciary Council said Sunday it did not have the power to dissolve the country’s parliament. Anadolu Agency report.
On Wednesday, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on Iraq’s highest judicial body, the council, to dissolve the parliament amid deep political crisis in the country.
In a statement, the council said it had discussed Sadr’s request to dissolve parliament, but found it lacked the authority to dissolve parliament.
“The Supreme Judicial Council has no power to intervene in the affairs of legislative and executive bodies,” the statement said.
But the council said it agreed with al-Sadr’s “negative diagnosis of the country’s political situation and continued constitutional violations”.
The Judiciary Council said it was “equal distance from all political parties and groups.”
Tensions have risen across Iraq recently after Mohammed Shi’a al-Sudani was named as the new prime minister by the Coordination Framework, a coalition of groups close to Iran.
The nomination sparked massive protests from Sadr’s supporters, who called for the dissolution of parliament and an early vote in Iraq.
Last June, 73 lawmakers from the al-Sadr movement resigned from the 329-seat parliament after failing to form a “national majority” government, as the coordination framework prevented the formation of a cabinet.
Iraq has been in a political stalemate for nine months after last October’s general elections.
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