Iraqi PM orders arrest of protestors who stormed parliament

Baghdad, May 1 (IANS) Iraq’s Prime Minister on Sunday ordered the arrest of Shia Muslim activists who stormed parliament in Baghdad on Saturday.

Haider al-Abadi said those who caused damage and attacked police should be brought to justice.

Supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr broke through barricades of the fortified Green Zone in protest against delays in approving a new cabinet, BBC reported.

A state of emergency was declared in Baghdad after the protests.

Supporters of Sadr want lawmakers to push through plans to replace ministers with political affiliations with non-partisan technocrats.

Powerful parties in parliament have refused to approve the change for several weeks.

This was one of the country’s worst political crises since the US-led invasion and downfall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

–IANS

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