Sun Feb 16, 2014
Iraq’s prominent cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr, has announced his exit from the political arena.
“I announce my non-intervention in all political affairs,” the leader of Sadr Shia movement said in a handwritten note posted on his website on Sunday.
He added that “there is no bloc that represents us from now on, nor any position inside or outside the government, nor parliament.”
The 40-year-old Shia cleric also said the Sadr movement will shut down all of its offices except for some charities.
Sadr movement currently holds six cabinet posts as well as 40 seats in the 325-member Iraqi parliament.
Sadr and his Mehdi Army were against the US-led military presence in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein eleven years ago.