One of Iraq’s most powerful figures who have been at the centre of a long crisis over forming a government says he is retiring from political life.
Moqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand Shia Cleric with Millions of followers whose forces were prominent in fighting US troops after the 2003 invasion announced his decision on twitter.
Mr. Sadr’s announcement came two days after he called for all parties and figures involved in political life following the US-led invasion of Iraq to quit.
Reports say hundreds of his supporters have been camped outside parliament for weeks after twice storming it in protest at the political deadlock.
According to the reports, his political alliance won the most seats in last October’s General election, but his members of parliament later resigned amid deadlock with a rival Shia bloc over the appointment of a new Prime Minister.