<span>In new power play, Iraq’s Sadr mobilises supporters for mass prayer</span>

Al-Monitor | Aug 5, 2022 at 11:31 AM
  • Tens of thousands converged on Baghdad’s Green Zone Friday for mass prayers in a new power play by Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr after his adversaries conditionally backed his call for early elections.
  • Sadr, a longtime political and religious force in the war-scarred country, has for months been in a political standoff with a rival alliance backed by Iran.
  • Months of post-election negotiations between Sadr’s bloc — the largest in parliament — and other factions failed to lead to agreement on a new government, prime minister and president.