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Iraq's Sadr closes Facebook account with 'goodbye' post

Iraq's Sadr closes Facebook account with 'goodbye' post
Move leads to speculation Shia cleric 'withdrew from politics'

By Haydar Karaalp

BAGHDAD (AA) - Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr closed his Facebook account Friday, writing "goodbye" on a black background on the social media site.

The move led to speculations that al-Sadr "withdrew from politics" in response to an agreement between political parties regarding the prime minister candidacy of Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, supported by groups close to Iran.

Al-Sadr also replaced his profile picture, an image of his father Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, also known as a Shia religious authority, with a picture of a black background with the world "closed" written on it.

Earlier, al-Sadr said in two statements on Facebook that he is against the candidacy of al-Sudani, who is a former Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

Al-Sadr’s Twitter account remains open.

Iraq has been rocked by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to resign.

According to Iraq's High Commission for Human Rights, at least 460 Iraqis have been killed and 17,000 have been injured since the protests began Oct. 1.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara

source: News Feed
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