facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search

Iraq leader calls for protests

Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
NAJAF, Iraq, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Populist Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr is urging more demonstrations against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to protest his consolidation of power.

Sadr said in Najaf Tuesday Maliki is asserting greater control over the government, monopolizing power and cracking down on opponents.

Sadr said he supports widespread, peaceful protests as long as they do not seek to create divisions.

The New York Times said Sadr's comments could indicate he is testing the waters for the provincial elections this spring.

The Times said demonstrations against Maliki began in Sunni areas last month after security forces raided the home of Sunni Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi and arrested 10 of his bodyguards.

The Times said tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims participated in one protest last week, in which they blocked Iraq's main trade route to Syria.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
One cop issued 80 percent of the marijuana tickets in Seattle this year
2
Army receives first advanced CH-47F helicopter variant
3
Oklahoma shook by three earthquakes in less than 48 hours
4
Comic-Con cosplayer sexually assaulted, beaten and left in gutter
5
Utah man teaches 'homophones', fired for promoting gay agenda
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback