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Iraq’s Sadr calls for an end to sit-in near Baghdad’s Green Zone

Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr sits inside his tent during his sit-in inside the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq March 27, 2016. REUTERS/WISSM AL-OKILI

Iraq’s powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Thursday told supporters to end a sit-in at the gates of Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi presented a new cabinet lineup aimed at fighting corruption.

The announcement came after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi presented a proposed lineup for new cabinet ministers to parliament — a measure which Sadr had demanded.

In a televised speech, Sadr described Abadi’s proposed cabinet lineup as “courageous” and called on his supporters to withdraw from around the district that houses government offices and the parliament where they have been camping out for about two weeks.

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