Iraqis in Baghdad once again demonstrate for reform

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 25 March 2016

Thousands of Iraqis have rallied in Baghdad in support of prominent Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to come up with a "convincing" package for government reforms.

Sheik Asad al-Nasiri, Sadr's associate, delivered the cleric’s message during the Friday event, giving the Abadi administration 24 hours to implement reforms including installing technocrats in major political positions.

In case the prime minister does not provide the appropriate package, further protests, Sadr has said, would remain non-violent.

“If he does not announce a reform package... we will adopt a different position, which we will announce on Saturday.”

The message also said the protesters will not limit themselves to sit-ins outside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad.

“Our protests in front of the Green Zone will not be enough. All of this will use peaceful means.”

“I hope that on Saturday the prime minister comes up with reforms towards an independent government of technocrats that are convincing for the people,” Sadr stated in the message.

Sadr is from an influential clerical family, which is known in Iraq for its steadfastness against the former dictator Saddam Hussein. The young Shia cleric launched a strong campaign against US troops following their 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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