MADRID, Jan. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The representative of the Supreme Religious Authority of Iraq, Sayid Ahmed al Safi, has urged the immediate formation of a new government in the country as an essential case to resolve the current political crisis in the country, after weeks of protests against the political system national who have left more than 400 dead, mostly due to police repression.
“We perceive that the constitution of the new government is very late and we consider it necessary for the various stakeholders to cooperate to put an end” to this situation, as Al Safi proclaimed on Friday during a sermon collected by the Iraqi news agency NINA.
Also, the Religious Authority “reaffirms its position of principles on the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity,” added the representative, in relation to fears that the country could become the scene of a war between Iran and the United States after the death in Iraq of the powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani after an American attack.
This sermon occurs on a day when hundreds of thousands of people have begun marching through the streets of the capital of Iraq, Baghdad, the massive “one million men march” summoned by Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr, one of the leading figures in Iraqi politics, to protest against the 16 years of American presence in the country, reports the Iraqi news agency NINA.
Back to the crisis, Al Safi has reiterated the need to “implement the real reforms that people have been demanding for so long, and that so much suffering has cost them.” The religious has also warned that “any delay in this matter will lead to greater suffering for citizens and the perpetuation of political instability.”