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Iraq cleric al-Sadr calls on judiciary to dissolve parliament by end of next week

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Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on the country’s judiciary to dissolve the parliament by end of next week, he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The judiciary “must dissolve parliament by the end of next week... if not, the revolutionaries will take another stance," al-Sadr said in a statement on his Twitter account, without elaborating.

Al-Sadr has called for early elections and unspecified changes to the constitution after withdrawing his lawmakers from parliament in June.

The withdrawal was a protest against his failure to form a government despite holding nearly a quarter of parliament and having enough allies to make up more than half the chamber.

Protesters rallied by al-Sadr and his Sadrist Movement tore down concrete barriers and entered the Green Zone, which houses government departments and foreign missions, before breaking into parliament last month.

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