Iraq: Moqtada al-Sadr supporters stage sit-in outside Green Zone

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Iraq: Moqtada al-Sadr supporters stage sit-in outside Green Zone

<p>Thousands of Moqtada al-Sadr’s followers are staging <a href="http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3168090-followers-of-iraqi-cleric-sadr-rally-in-baghdad-demand-access-to-green-zone/">an anti-corruption sit-in</a> at the walls of Baghdad’s Green Zone, where Iraq’s major government offices and foreign embassies are housed.</p> <p>On February 13, the powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric gave the government 45 days to introduce non-party technocrats into government to tackle systematic graft.</p> <p>“Due to an order given by Moqtada al-Sadr, we have started this sit-in in front of the Green Zone to put pressure on the Iraqi government to carry out radical change and eliminate corruption,” demonstrator Najim Abdul-Hussein told the press.</p> <p>Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was originally brought in to fight corruption, which had been rife in the previous administration. </p> <p>However he is perceived to have <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/02/26/over-100000-gather-in-baghdad-to-urge-government-to-carry-out-reforms/">failed to follow through with political and economic reform</a>.</p>