30 April 2016
Hundreds of Shia Muslim activists have stormed Iraq’s parliament in protest against ongoing deadlock in approving a new cabinet.
Supporters of Shia cleric, Moqtada Sadr broke through barricades of the protected Green Zone in Baghdad after MPs again failed to convene for a vote.
Security forces had to fire tear gas in an attempt to prevent more protesters entering the Green Zone. Mr. Sadr wants PM Haider al-Abadi to commit to a plan to replace ministers with non-partisan technocrats.
Earlier this week, hundreds of thousands of people marched towards the Green Zone, the most secure part of Baghdad that houses embassies and government buildings, to protest against the political deadlock.