Iraqi cleric’s loyalists hold mass prayer in Baghdad’s Green Zone

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Supporters of influential Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr held mass prayers in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Friday, in a show of force that aims to push for early parliamentary elections. According to participants, hundreds of thousands of people took part in the noon prayers, gathering under temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, al-Sadr called for early parliamentary elections and told his loyalists to continue their protest sit-in in the Green Zone. “Iraq has become a prisoner of corruption,” cleric Mohannad al-Mousawi told worshippers at the prayers, and reiterated a…

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