Sadr followers vow to kill Iraq-US military pact in parliament
Followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr were making a bid on Monday to kill the Iraq-US military pact passed by the Iraqi cabinet by trying to block it in parliament. Ahmed Masaudi, spokesman for Sadr's 30-member parliamentary bloc, said the movement would submit a bill that would require a two-thirds majority for parliamentary approval, replacing the current requirement of a simple majority.
Sadr and his followers have adamantly opposed concluding any agreement with the US "occupier" and have vowed to hold mass demonstrations to demand the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces. "The Sadr movement will use every legal avenue to work to stop this agreement," Ahmed Masaudi, spokesman for Sadr's 30-member parliamentary bloc said, adding that the group was determined to form an alliance inside parliament to kill the proposed pact.
The 275-member parliament started its first reading of the proposed military accord on Monday. "Members of the legal committee have begun examining the draft agreement between Iraq and the United States on the withdrawal of American forces," a parliamentary source told AFP.