Al Mayadeen's correspondent says those demonstrating are sympathizers of the Sadrist movement led by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi called on the demonstrators to immediately withdraw from the Green Zone, adhere to peace, and preserve public and private property.
"The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces calls on his sons to respect their peace and preserve public and private properties, comply with the instructions of the security forces tasked with protecting them in accordance with regulations and laws, and withdraw from the Green Zone," Al-Kazemi said in a statement.
The security forces will be committed to protecting state institutions and international missions and avoid any disruption of security and order, assured the Iraqui Prime Minister.
Iraq's Rudaw television broadcasted footage from inside the lower house, showing dozens of Al Sadr supporters sitting on seats in the chamber and taking pictures of themselves on top of tables, making the victory sign in the face of the passivity of security forces deployed inside the building.
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A source close to the Shiite cleric said that he called the riots a "wonderful spontaneous popular reformist message" and assured the demonstrators, "if you want to withdraw, I will respect this decision."
The Secretariat of the Framework for Coordination in Iraq announced on Monday the nomination of Muhammad Al-Shiya Al-Sudani to the post of prime minister. The framework leaders stressed that "the candidate will not be affiliated to a certain party, but is the candidate of all the forces in the framework."