Iraqi judiciary says it has no powers to dissolve parliament


              FILE - Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fill the parliament building during a sit-in protest, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. Iraq’s top judicial body said Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, that it doesn't have the authority to dissolve the country’s parliament, days after al-Sadr gave it one week to dismiss the legislature so new elections can be held. The decision by the Supreme Judicial Council is likely to increase tensions between followers of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and members of Iran-backed groups as Iraq sinks deeper into its political impasse, now in its 10th month. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)
            
              Supporters of Iran-backed Shiite Coordination Framework attend a rally to denounce their rivals, followers of an influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr who stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembly building in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
            
              Supporters of the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr hold prayer near the parliament building in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Al-Sadr's supporters continue their sit-in outside the parliament to demand early elections. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)
Iraqi judiciary says it has no powers to dissolve parliament