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MP Salim Al Jabouri in a press conference yesterday, A.F.P

Baghdad-Protesting ministers at the Iraqi parliament took their demonstrations to a whole new level, after having around 164 council members sign a petition demanding to replace those assigned to three posts in authority: Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Parliamentary Spokesman Salim al-Jabouri and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The protestors proposed the change as to go against the previously suggested change of the parliamentary committee including Salim al-Jabouri, Humam Hamoudi and Aram Cheikh Mohamad.

61 ministers proposed to al-Jabouri to hold an emergency session instead of the ordinary ministerial voting session which has been set for today by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Many other parliamentary lawmakers protested against the demand, as to the ongoing Iraqi sectarian-based misappropriation, which has caused chaos in the parliament. The complaint soon escalated into an open-end rally, which led to ten ministers spending the night inside the building.

Ministers also threatened to forcefully relief the current premiership committee from duties and form a new one.

Informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that al-Jabouri is looking into the possibility of dissolving the current parliament in light of the political crisis.

“The strike will carry on as long as demands of protesting ministers are not being met. The demands can be represented by a single request, which is to cancel all ethnic and sectarian misappropriation which has already done enough harm to the country,” sources said.

“At first, it was desired that the parliamentary premiership committee be removed, however, after Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri asked the Iraqi President Fuad Masum to attend the parliamentary session, the demand changed into releasing the current prime minister from duty, which in turn translates into a complex situation that will not be easily resolved,” sources added.