Thousands of Iraqis gathered & protested on Baghdad streets: Al-Jazeera


The powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr headed a gathering in the Iraqi capital and tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens gathered on the streets of Baghdad for the third consecutive week on Friday.

They protested and demanded a meaningful political reform. It is important that Muqtada Al-Sadr is pressurizing the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to change its current cabinet and bring new and honest ministers and reform his cabinet of independent ministers. A pre-recorded speech of Muqtada Al-Sadr aired during the protest as he said in his speech that “I urge Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to initiate a plan to form a new cabinet of independent technocrat ministers to fight against corruption. Those new ministers should work for Iraq and Iraqi people despite any kind of political pressure.

Al Jazeera channel also reported from Baghdad that there were a number of banners having Photographs of Muqtada Al-Sadr and it was showing clearly that it was his rally. Al-Sadr further added in his speech that “I want the Iraqi Prime Minister to keep continue his reform process and he should not take any kind of political pressure and all the steps should be taken for best interest of Iraqi people”. He also warned that “if Al-Abadi fails in his plan of reform then we will bring a vote of No Confidence in the Iraqi Parliament. There were a number of banners with adding words of Clean Sweep of Government. The crowed also said that they will defend Iraqi with their Blood and Soul.

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