Influential Iraqi cleric praises supporters occupying parliament

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Iraq’s influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday praised his supporters who are currently staging a sit-in protest in parliament in Baghdad, and called on Iraqis not to miss what he termed a “golden opportunity” for reform in the country. On Saturday, thousands of al-Sadr loyalists broke into the parliament building for the second time this week, in an escalation of months of political deadlock in Iraq. They announced a sit-in protest inside the assembly after they were able to enter Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone, which houses the parliament, government buildings and foreign mission…

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