Iraqi cleric Sadr rejects Iran, U.S. interference in forming new government

Muqtada al-Sadr. File photo

Baghdad ( – Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reiterated on Tuesday his rejection of Iranian and U.S. interference in forming a new government in Iraq, the first ever since the defeat of Islamic State in the country last year.

“Iran is a neighboring country that fears for its interest and we hope it will not interfere in Iraqi affairs,” Anadolu Agency quoted al-Sadr as saying in a statement in response to a question by one of his supporters.

“The U.S. is an invader country; we do not allow it to interfere at all,” he added.

Al-Sadr’s Sairoon coalition won 54 parliamentary seats in the May 12 parliamentary polls, followed by a Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s Victory bloc (42 seats), according to the election commission.

The vote results, however, were greeted with widespread fraud allegations during the polls.

Al-Sadr’s coalition did not win the majority needed to form a government alone but will play a primary role in selecting the next prime minister.

Al-Sadr said he hoped to establish a “technocrat” cabinet far removed from narrow sectarian biases.
Known for his hostile approach to the U.S., al-Sadr is one of few Shia leaders who don’t have close ties with Iran.


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  1. Mr. Muqtada al-Sadr is smart gentleman, he knows what is going on, very strange and no one knows if really US wants to help Iraq or destroy it by supporting 2 bloody Kurdish parties, why in the world USA want strong Peshmerga but not strong Iraqi army, why USA pays Peshmerga’s salary, unless US want weak Iraq and Kurd plays within that region the way helps US and others who benefits from it,
    OK for USA to interfere with all Iraqi government and support Kurd, but not OK for Iran, so the best way both out and let Iraqis handle everything themselves.
    Iraq will be in much better situation if USA politicians leave Iraq alone.

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