As protestors stormed the Iraqi parliament for the second time in a week, at least 60 people were hurt.
As they reject the selection of a competing pro-Iran candidate for prime minister, Muqtada al-supporters Sadr’s once more entered the high-security green zone in Baghdad.
The majority of seats were gained by Mr. Sadr’s block in October, but due to a political impasse, it is not in power.
According to a statement from the ministry, six of the injured were in critical condition.
Demonstrators first gathered at the end of a bridge that led to the heavily guarded green zone, which is home to several of the most significant structures in the capital city, including embassies.
However, scores of them tore down the concrete barricades that were there to defend the area and ran into the parliament, waving flags of Iraq and Mr. Sadr’s images.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the incumbent prime minister of Iraq, gave the security forces the order to “guard the demonstrators.”
In order to protect them and official institutions, he urged demonstrators to “keep their peaceful movement, avoid escalation, and adhere with the directions of the security forces.”
The demonstration on Saturday comes after the one on Wednesday when hundreds of people stormed the legislature.
Nine months of deadlock during which disagreements between the nation’s various political groupings hindered the formation of a new administration have led to the turmoil.
Following the election in October, Mr. Sadr, a Shia cleric who seeks to end US and Iranian meddling in Iraq’s domestic affairs, declared victory for his nationalist Saeroun organisation.
Building a new government coalition has subsequently proven to be impossible, however, as Mr. Sadr has refused to cooperate with opponents.
Mohammed al-bid Sudani’s prime minister was rejected by him and his allies because they thought he was too near to Iran.