(Al Jazeera) A state high alert has been declared in the Iraqi capital Baghdad after protesters broke into the fortified Green Zone and stormed the parliament building, shortly after politicians again failed to approve new ministers.

Saturday's development was the climax of weeks of political turmoil in Iraq that has seen MPs hold a sit-in, clash in the parliament chamber and seek to dismiss the speaker, halting efforts by Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister, to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats.

The unrest also coincided with a blast that targeted Shia pilgrims near Baghdad, killing at least 23 people.

Muqtada al-Sadr's role in Iraq

The Green Zone is the most secure part of the Iraqi capital, housing the parliament, the prime minister's office and embassies.

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