Top Shia Cleric Gives Support to Protests in Iraq

Top Shia Cleric Gives Support to Protests in Iraq

Top Shia Cleric Gives Support to Protests in Iraq.

Iraq’s top Shia cleric has given his support to protests calling for an end to rampant corruption and mass unemployment.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, 89, said the government was deluded if it believed it could avoid real reform through stalling and delaying tactics.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets since 1 October with wide-ranging demands.

An explosion in central Baghdad killed at least two people on Friday.

Iraqi security officials said the blast happened near Tahrir square, the centre of the anti-government demonstrations. More than a dozen others were injured.

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