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Iraq: Shiite Leader al-Sadr Calls for Million-Person March Against Government

1 MIN READOct 16, 2019 | 16:53 GMT

What Happened: Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr has called for a million-person march against the government around Oct. 19 in time with the culmination of the annual Shiite holiday of al-Arbaeen, the BBC reported Oct. 15. Al-Sadr's announcement came after a meeting featuring Iraq's political leaders and a decision to establish an independent technocratic committee to investigate corruption.

Why It Matters: Al-Sadr's call for a march will test the level of support among Iraq's population for the government's latest promises to combat graft.

Background: Iraqis have been protesting against government corruption and inefficiency over the last two weeks, although the intensity of the unrest has dropped in recent days.

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