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Tonight.. Iraq’s leaders face the task of persuading al-Sadr to return to the elections

The head of the Bayarq al-Khair Parliamentary Bloc, Muhammad al-Khalidi, revealed on Tuesday that a “critical” meeting of the presidencies and leaders of blocs had been held with representatives of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, regarding the latter’s return to participate in the elections.

Al-Khalidi told Shafaq News Agency, “A meeting will be held this evening between the three presidents (the republic, ministers and parliament), heads of political blocs and representatives of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr.”

He added, “The meeting will be decisive for the return of the Sadrist movement to participate in the early elections or not,” noting that “the meeting will also discuss the procedures and preparations of the government and the Commission for the upcoming elections.”

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, had recently announced a boycott of the parliamentary elections.

Later, many political forces took the same position.

The boycotters attributed the reasons for taking this step to the lack of a safe environment for holding fair elections amid the spread of “uncontrolled weapons” and “political money”.