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Iraqi preacher Sadr calls for rising up against gov't

Iraqi preacher Sadr calls for rising up against gov't
Hope remains with people and people must rise up one day, firebrand Shia preacher al-Sadr says

By Arif Yusuf

BAGHDAD (AA) - Iraq’s firebrand Shia preacher Muqtada al-Sadr has called for a “popular uprising” against the local government in protest against the slow pace of reforms.

In a statement issued Sunday, al-Sadr said the current situation in Iraq “does not augur well.”

“I’m waiting for a major peaceful revolution against Daesh patrons of terrorism and corruption in the current government,” he said.

“Hope remains with the people and the people must rise up one day,” al-Sadr added.

Iraq has been embroiled in a deepening political crisis since April, when al-Sadr loyalists staged a number of protests to pressure Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to unveil a government of technocrats untainted by corruption or sectarian affiliations.

Ghaleb al-Zamili, a member of the pro-Sadr Ahrar bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said there had been no progress regarding reforms pledged by the Iraqi government.

“Al-Sadr wants protests...to continue and wants to see a change on the ground with a view to serving the people,” al-Zamili told Anadolu Agency.

Iraq ranks 161st out of 168 countries on Transparency International’s "corruption perceptions index".

source: News Feed
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