Hundreds rally in Baghdad backing Sadr deadline on cabinet change

April 17, 2016 14:33

 BAGHDAD - Hundreds rallied in central Baghdad in support of powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who has threatened to call mass protests if the prime minister fails to name a new cabinet to fight corruption by Tuesday.

People in Tahrir Square on Sunday said many more would join them if Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not select a government mainly made up of techhnical experts to tackle what they see as widespread graft and mismanagement.

"Yes, yes to Iraq; no, no to corruption," they chanted, carrying Iraqi flags.

Delays in naming a new government, and political and sectarian wrangling over who should be in it, have paralyzed politics in Iraq.

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