According to the official Iraqi news agency, due to the failure to form a new government in Iraq, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Thursday called on his parliamentary bloc members to resign from the parliament.
Following parliamentary elections held in October last year, the al-Sadr bloc has 73 legislators in the 329-seat parliament.
Al-Sadr stated, “A national majority government is the only way to reform the country.”
Al-Sadr seeks to form a national majority government without former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Iran-aligned coalition.
Citing their Coordination Framework, which calls for a coalition government involving all parliamentary blocs, most Shia parliamentary groups have rejected the move.