World Bulletin / News Desk
In a statement Monday, al-Sadr said demonstrators would call for "the eradication of [government] corruption and injustice and the dismissal of all corrupt officials".
"Terrorism," he went on to assert, "is not the only enemy".
Iraq has remained in the throes of a deepening political crisis since March, when Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi -- under mounting pressure to rein in corruption -- attempted to form a government of "technocrats" untainted by graft or sectarian affiliations.
Until now, however, Iraq’s various political parties, including a number of Shia ones, have blocked the new government from being drawn up.
Al-Sadr’s supporters, meanwhile, have been staging protests over the past five months to demand that al-Abadi replace his Cabinet with independent "technocrats" mandated with fighting corruption.
In April, the firebrand cleric froze the activities of his Ahrar bloc (which holds 34 of parliament’s 328 seats), effectively thwarting a parliamentary vote on whether or not to sack the president, prime minister and parliamentary speaker.