Shafaq News

Evacuation of the Central Bank of Iraq complex in Baghdad for security reasons

The Central Bank of Iraq and two government banks evacuated the buildings they occupied from employees on Tuesday.
A source told Shafak News Agency; The bank complex, which includes Al-Rafidain and Al-Rasheed Banks employees, was evacuated for security reasons and in anticipation of the emergence of demonstrations coinciding with the situation in Iraq.
And the judiciary in Iraq decided, earlier on Tuesday, to suspend its work in the country, following a sit-in by supporters of the Sadrist movement in front of the Supreme Judicial Council, demanding the dissolution of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.
Dozens of Sadrists’ supporters went earlier this morning to the Supreme Judicial Council and began erecting the sit-in marquee in front of the council’s building in a new development of escalation that affected the judiciary after the legislative authority in light of a stifling political crisis the country is going through.
This is the first time that the council building located in the fortified Green Zone in the center of the capital, Baghdad, witnessed protests because of its tight protection, but the followers of the prominent Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr have the ability to invade any official institution because they have a wide popular base in the regions of central and southern Iraq Supported by the “Saraya al-Salam”, the military wing of the movement.

The protesters carried slogans calling for the implementation of the call of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, to dissolve the Iraqi parliament, in preparation for holding early legislative elections in Iraq.
The demands made by the protesters before the Judicial Council, in addition to the dissolution of Parliament, included “identifying the largest bloc, fighting corruption and the corrupt, separating the public prosecution from the Supreme Judicial Council with the amendment, and not politicizing the judiciary.”
On the tenth of August, the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, asked the judicial authorities to work on dissolving the Iraqi parliament within a maximum period of the end of next week, urging at the same time the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih, to set a date for early legislative elections in the country.