Nov 13, 2019 20:15 UTC
  • Sadr urges Iraqi parliament to initiate fundamental reforms

Influential Iraqi Shia Muslim religious scholar Muqtada al-Sadr has called upon legislators to introduce sweeping reforms in the wake of ongoing anti-government protests in the country, dismissing any US and foreign intervention in Iraq’s domestic affairs.

According to reports, Sadr, in a series of posts published on his Twitter page on Wednesday, called on Iraqi people to “continue (their) peaceful protests through rational means, and not to endanger Iraq and plunge the country into a dreadful [political] vacuum.”

“Revolutionaries should dispel the shadow of American or any foreign intervention; and even of those elements who are sitting behind the keyboards of their computers and implementing the US and others' colonial schemes ... Revolutionaries should not attack diplomatic missions or embassies, or chant slogans as such behavior does not fall within our ethics,” he pointed out.

The Iraqi religious scholar then called on Iraqis, who have kept mum on the protests in the country, to play their share of role, urging Iraqi armed forces to protect demonstrators just as they liberated the strategic northern city of Mosul from the clutches of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group back in October 2016.

Sadr asked Iraqi parliamentarians to pass radical reforms, such as changing the Independent High Electoral Commission, electoral law and several constitutional clauses. 

He also called on public servants to accompany protesters, and go on a one-day national strike.

The top cleric also urged Friday prayers leaders across Iraq to lead peaceful demonstrations so that reforms can be put into practice seriously and without delay.

On Tuesday, Iraqi President Barham Salih said reforms, which the government of embattled Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has pledged to implement in the wake of anti-government protests, are a domestic Iraqi issue par excellence and will not be influenced by foreign diktats.