Fri 13 December 2019:
(REUTERS) Iraq’s top Shi’a cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday condemned recent killings and kidnappings of protesters, urging the state to assert control over the widespread use of weapons.
Al-Sistani, who rarely weighs in on politics except in times of crisis, holds massive influence over public opinion in Shi’a majority Iraq.
Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said he would resign last month after al-Sistani withdrew his support for the government.
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