Iraq's Sadr ends sit-in after PM proposes new ministers

Iraqi women, supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, take part in a protest outside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on March, 30, 2016Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his followers to end a two-week sit-in on Thursday after the country’s premier proposed new ministers for a technocratic cabinet that he had demanded. The sit-in at entrances to Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, home to Iraq’s main government institutions and foreign embassies, was aimed at pressuring authorities to carry out reforms. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had himself repeatedly called for the current cabinet of party-affiliated ministers to be replaced with technocrats, but has faced resistance from powerful blocs and their ministers, who rely on ministries for patronage and financial gain.

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