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Iraq groups hold 2nd round of dialogue to resolve political crisis

Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm the Presidential Palace at Green Zone after Muqtada al-Sadr announces his total withdrawal from politics in Baqhdad, Iraq on August 29, 2022 [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency]
Supporters of Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr storm the Presidential Palace at Green Zone after Muqtada al-Sadr announces his total withdrawal from politics in Baqhdad, Iraq on August 29, 2022 [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency]

Iraq's rival political groups held a second round of national dialogue on Monday in an effort to resolve the country's months-long political crisis Anadolu News Agency reports.

The office of Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, reported the news, without providing any further details.

The first round of the dialogue was held on 17 August, but was boycotted by influential Shia cleric, Moqtada Al-Sadr.

It was not yet clear whether Monday's session was attended by the firebrand leader.

Tension has been running high across Iraq in recent weeks over the failure of Shia groups to agree on a new prime minister since the country's last elections, 10 October, 2021.

More than 30 protesters were killed last week when supporters of Al-Sadr stormed the Republican Palace, where the government is seated in Baghdad, after the firebrand leader said he was stepping down from politics.

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