Protesters scuffle with riot police in Iraq’s Baghdad

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Iraqi protesters scuffled with riot police in Baghdad on Wednesday as the parliament held a session on the resignation of its speaker.

Security forces had earlier tried to disperse the crowds before some protesters and members of the riot police started throwing stones at each other.

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Iraq has been experiencing an unprecedented 11-month political crisis.

Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc won most votes in parliamentary elections last October, but he has been unable to form a majority government.

His followers stormed the parliament in late July to prevent their rivals from Iran-backed Shia groups from forming the government.

With ensuing rallies, clashes with security forces, counter-rallies and a sit-in outside parliament, the government formation process has stalled.

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