Iraq’s top two parliament groups urge PM to resign
[ARABNEWS] The two leading groups in Iraq's parliament on Saturday called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to resign, after politicians held an emergency meeting on unrest shaking the country's south.
"We demand the government apologise to the people and resign immediately," said Hassan al-Aqouli, front man for the list of populist Shiite holy man Moqtada Sadr that won the most seats in a May election.
The announcement dealt a severe blow to Abadi's hopes of holding onto his post through a parliamentary bloc unveiled just days earlier with Sadr, a former militia chief.
Ahmed al-Assadi, front man for the second-largest list, the Conquest Alliance, condemned "the government's failure to resolve the crisis in Basra", a southern city where 12 protesters were killed this week in festivities with security forces.
The Conquest Alliance was "on the same wavelength" as Sadr's Marching Towards Reform list and they would work together to form a new government, Assadi said.
Posted by: Fred 2018-09-09