Baghdad - Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr on Saturday called for a sit-in starting next Friday at the gates of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone pushing for progress on political reforms.
He hailed the brave Iraqi people for their steadfastness. While condemning the corruption in the government system, Mr. Sadr added "We must continue putting pressure for comprehensive essential and pivotal reforms in the country… the corruption has reached a very dangerous state that cannot be overlooked. Reforms must be comprehensive and without any discrepancy. It should cover all governmental and ministerial organs as well as all groups, delegations and special governmental positions. These reforms must in particular include the judiciary which was politicized under the previous government…"
In a statement on his website, Sadr called for a sit-in starting on March 18 until the end of the 45 day period, which falls at the end of the month.
The Green Zone houses government offices, parliament, foreign embassies and international organizations.
Source: Reuters, 12 March 2016