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

Iraqi preacher Sadr calls for rising up against gov't

World Bulletin / News Desk

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 ISIL patrons of extremism 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 said.  

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

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