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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