Protesters storm into Iraqi parliament
April 30, Baghdad: Shia activists have stormed into the Iraqi parliament on Saturday in protest to the parliament's failure to approve new a cabinet. Scores of supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr broke through the protected Green Zone after MPs failed to assemble for a vote.
Sadr wants PM Haider al-Abadi to press ahead with a plan to replace ministers with non-partisan technocrats. According to reports, the protesters began ransacking parliament buildings and stopped lawmakers attempting to flee the building chanting, "the cowards ran away!"
Iraq's system of sharing government jobs has long been criticised for promoting unqualified candidates and encouraging corruption.Abadi, who came to power in 2014, has promised to stamp out corruption and ease sectarian tensions.
The Oslo Times