The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, pointed out that “I have not decided whether to run in the new elections or not, and there is no benefit from dialogue, especially after people have declared their spontaneous freedom of speech,” and emphasized: “We are not under no circumstances is bloodshed acceptable.” And he believed that “the reform is not complete without sacrifices, and I am quite ready to accept martyrdom.

In a press statement, he pointed out that “the old faces will not exist as a result of the early democratic electoral process after the dissolution of parliament”, and saw that “the Iraqi people are tired of the entire ruling class and the protesters should stay and continue the sit-in until until the requirements are met.

The Sadrist movement previously announced “the start of an open sit-in at the Iraqi parliament building” hours after protesters from the movement stormed the building, knocking down concrete barriers and entering the green zone. While condemning the nomination of the Coordinator as a candidate for prime minister, they consider him close to former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Sadr’s political opponent.