Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Sadr calls for sit-in to pressure PM on reforms

 12 Mar 2016 - 13:28

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Sadr calls for sit-in to pressure PM on reforms
Supporters of Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave national flags during a demonstration calling for governmental reform and elimination of corruption on March 11, 2016, in Baghdad's Tahrir Square. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

 

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday called for a sit-in starting next Friday at the gates of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone to put pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on political reforms.
Sadr, heir to a Shi’ite clerical dynasty persecuted under Saddam Hussein, on Feb. 12 gave Abadi 45 days to deliver on his promised changes or face a no-confidence vote in parliament.
In a statement on his website, Sadr called for a sit-in starting on March 18 until the end of the 45 day period, which falls at the end of the month.
The Green Zone houses government offices, parliament, foreign embassies and international organizations.

REUTERS