The Iraq Report: Moqtada al-Sadr makes a gamble for power as protesters killed

Controversial Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has announced that his party will put forth a candidate to run for Iraq’s top job for the first time at the upcoming elections in June, reversing a previous pledge to not enter politics directly. His announcement came as he called on his supporters to reinvigorate “anti-corruption” protests targeting senior Iraqi politicians. However, this has been seen as a cynical ploy to undermine his rivals while appearing as a “man of the people”, as Sadr’s supporters have in the past weeks clashed with and killed anti-government protesters who have been dem…

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