IRAQ PARLIAMENT – Iraq’s crisis deepens as Sadrists shut down parliament

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The speaker of Iraq’s parliament adjourned the legislature until further notice Saturday after supporters of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr invaded the chamber for a second time in four days to block the appointment of a prime minister they oppose.

Announcing the adjournment, Mohamed al-Halbousi called on the parliamentary blocs to sit down for negotiations to avert “disastrous” consequences for the oil-rich, war-ravaged nation.

The speaker made the decision after dozens of Sadrists who forced their way into the building said that they planned to occupy the parliament indefinitely.