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Iraq's Sadr vows protests will remain non-violent

Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr returned to Iraq in 2011, after a self-imposed exile in IranIraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr on Friday urged Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to propose a “convincing” reform package but hinted that further protests if he did not would remain non-violent. In a speech read by another cleric, Asaad al-Nasseri, to thousands of supporters gathered in Baghdad, Sadr said Abadi should unveil a reform package on Saturday. The young Najaf-based cleric’s movement says the sit-in is aimed at offering Abadi the kind of street power he does not have to overcome resistance to reforms from within his own political bloc.

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