Influential Iraqi cleric demands early polls, sit-in to continue

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Iraq’s influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called for early parliamentary elections and told his loyalists to continue their protest sit-in, a move likely to prolong the country’s political crisis. His followers have staged a sit-in since Saturday at the parliament, located inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. The protests are the latest escalation in Iraq’s political deadlock over naming a new prime minister following the October parliamentary elections. In a televised address, al-Sadr also rejected calls for dialogue initiated by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. “There is no …

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