Time: 6:44 p.m. CEST
The deadlock in approving a new cabinet in Iraq prompted hundreds of Shia Muslim activists to storm Iraq’s parliament, BBC News says. After Members of the Parliament failed to convene for a vote, supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr “broke through barricades of the protected Green Zone in Baghdad.” State of emergency has been declared in Baghdad, while security forces used tear gas to stop the entering of protesters in the Green Zone.
As BBC News explained, Sadr wants Haider al-Abadi, which is Iraq’s Prime Minister to replace ministers with non-partisan technocrats, but the changes in the Parliament can not pass. The Parliament failed to reach a quorum on Saturday and the protested that started earlier have been escalating this weekend. BBC News says that Sadr, who appeared on television did not call for storming of the parliament. Reuters said earlier that all United Nations staff was on lockdown. During the day, a car bomb in Bagdad killed at least 21 people, Shia Muslim pilgrims. “A survey by the Pew Research Centre in 2011 found that 51% of Iraqi Muslims identified themselves as Shia, compared with 42% Sunni,” BBC News reported.