Tag: shia


Rival Shia Groups Square Off Over Iraq Leadership Vacuum

Thousands of Moqtada al-Sadr’s followers prayed outside parliament in a show of support for the populist leader who has called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week. Rival Iraqi factions took to the streets of Baghdad to call for a new government with supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr demanding early elections and his Iran-backed […]


Iraqi MPs From Muqtada al-Sadr’s Bloc Resign

Al-Sadr had urged the lawmakers from his bloc to resign in order to create space for the establishment of a new government. Iraqi lawmakers from firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc resigned on Sunday, the parliamentary speaker said, a move ostensibly designed to end eight months of political paralysis. “We have reluctantly accepted the requests of our brothers and sisters, […]


Lebanon Prime Minister Quits

Saad El-Din Rafik Al-Hariri, the 49-year-old Lebanese 33rd Prime Minister, has decided to step down from his leadership position. Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced his resignation after 13 days of protests over political corruption and economic turmoil in his country. His televised address came soon after violence broke out on the streets when supporters of two Shia groups attacked […]