World Bulletin / News Desk
Five Iraqi lawmakers from the parliamentary bloc affiliated with Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr have tendered their resignation, bringing to 11 the number of bloc legislators announcing their retirement.
"Based on our ethical and religious commitment, we announce our withdrawal from politics," MP Hakem al-Zamli told a press conference late Sunday, announcing his retirement along with four others, following the footsteps of the Shiite leader.
Earlier on Sunday, six MPs announced their resignations separately in a string of press conferences at the Iraqi parliament headquarters in Baghdad.
The announcements came hours after al-Sadr declared that he was quitting politics and closing down all his representation offices across the country.
In his statement, al-Sadr attributed the decision to his desire to "preserve al-Sadr family's reputation…and to avoid any sedition…inside or outside Iraq."
The statement came on the heels of protests over a new law passed by the parliament to raise retirement benefits for top civil servants, lawmakers and top officials.Last Mod: 17 Şubat 2014, 09:37