As part of efforts to resolve Iraq’s months-long political crisis, a Shia political group on Wednesday called for a transitional period to early parliamentary elections.
The country’s political groups were called on to agree on a transitional period “that ends with holding early elections,” the Victory Alliance, headed by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, expressed in a statement.
Calling for the formation of a new government “to run the affairs of the state and prepare for fair elections, it said, “We see a need to agree on a roadmap to solve the current crisis and agree on the broad lines for reforming the political system.”
The Victory Alliance is a member of the Coordination Framework, a coalition of groups close to Iran.
Since the last elections on October 10, 2021, disputes between the coalition and Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have prevented the formation of a new government in Iraq.
When supporters of al-Sadr stormed the Republican Palace, where the government is seated in Baghdad after the firebrand leader said he was stepping down from politics, more than 30 protesters were killed on Monday.