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Amid political tensions in Iraq, country’s prominent Shia cleric to visit Tehran

Politics Materials 2 May 2016 18:38
Prominent Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr has left the Iraqi city of Najaf for Tehran, Iran amid the increasing political tensions in his country
Amid political tensions in Iraq, country’s prominent Shia cleric to visit Tehran

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Prominent Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada Al-Sadr has left the Iraqi city of Najaf for Tehran, Iran amid the increasing political tensions in his country.

Al-Sadr left Iraq on a plane belonging to Iran's flag carrier, Iran Air, the Fars news agency reported May 2.

Iraqi sources described the visit as "unexpected."

Hundreds of people loyal to Al-Sadr stormed Iraq's parliament in Baghdad last week in protest against the continuing deadlock in approving a new cabinet.

Supporters of the Shia cleric broke through barricades of the fortified Green Zone for the first time after the MPs failed to convene for a vote.

Al-Sadr wants the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to commit to the plan of replacing the ministers with non-partisan technocrats.

Powerful parties in the parliament have refused to approve the change for several weeks.

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