Over the past years there have been huge contradictions in the positions of Sadrist Movement in Iraq under the leadership of Muqtada Al-Sadr, moving from an alliance into its opposite and fighting US troops after the occupation of Iraq while supporting Allies in the United States, holding a seat in Maliki government and then demanding the government resignation. And now his objections to the Government of Haider al-Abadi demanding reforms, amendments to the law and eliminating corruption.
Recently allegations of fighting corruption by Sadri movement leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr have increased with calls for his supporters to demonstrate in areas and squares in the heart of Baghdad city.
At first he was so popular and obeyed by many of his supporters and followers that one demonstration carried out by his supporters ended in riot. They stormed the Iraqi parliament inside the Green Zone and wreaked a tremendous sabotage. It is doubtlessly such escalations and incidents will create internal political tensions and tear Iraq apart. Internal differences in political parties with their supporters have been ongoing for some time already.
Muqtada Al-Sadr increased calls for his supporters to demonstrate of which the latest was last Friday, 15 July in a land sliding demonstration. Demonstrators wanted a demonstration without names or slogans. When Muqtada Al-Sadr left Tahrir Square they started chanting angry slogans that it is high time for rooting out corruption. Demonstrators left and pulled out from Tahrir square immediately after their leader. Such reactions by demonstrators indicates their dissatisfaction with Al-Sadr continuous promises to eliminate corruption and carry out measures for a better new Iraq with radical changes in the government . But all that in vain with no development.
The Iraqi people wonder with no idea where such a storm created by Al-Sadr is leading to? What will happen or improve as a result? What plan he will come out with to combat the widespread corruption in the government? Since the beginning of his campaign the situation is getting worse and tensions are deepening between political parties since last March.
Among these factors that exacerbated resentment of al-Sadr supporters and let their patience run thin, besides their leader successive promises since several months is the disagreement with their allies themselves, such as the tension with al-Maliki after being one of his supporters for leading the Iraqi government. Their dispute started after the visit of the prime minister at the time Nouri al-Maliki to Washington, where Sadr’s office issued a statement criticizing Maliki of consulting Americans who brought Iraq to the brink of the abyss instead of involving his partners in the political process. which I consider Al-Maliki considered such a statement a deliberate insult of false accusation.
On the other hand the disagreement between Muqtada Al-Sadr and Qais al-Khazali, leading to a complete separation between the Sadrist movement and the Sadri current and ended with the secession of League of the Righteous along with Qais Al-Khazali. “Disagreement and poor relationship with Al-Sadr is due to differences in opinion”, Al-Khazali explained.
Such disagreements that arose within the Sadri House have a negative effect on the whole of Iraq. If leaders of political parties can not settle their disputes and sit together for a compromise, then how can those leaders would be able to lead a nation and fight corruption, to build a strong new government for saving Iraq from calamities that fell upon it since quite some time. Who knows for how long the Iraqi people still have to wait?