One of Iraq’s most influential Shia clerics, Muqtada al-Sadr, has reinvented himself as a reform champion. Sadr gained widespread popularity in 2003 when he gave his followers the permission to loot the capital Baghdad. The cleric recently called for protests and sit-ins to pressure the government to carry out reforms. Sadr’s interventions have revitalized Iraq’s pro-reform protest movement, and they have also given him greater influence over government affairs.
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