Iraq's Sadr Gives Govt. 'Last Chance' for Reform
Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday he is giving the Iraqi government a "last chance" to implement reforms, or popular demonstrations would be called.
"This is the last chance before setting a date for open, peaceful, popular demonstrations," Sadr said in a statement released by his office in the holy city of Najaf, without specifying how much time he was giving the government.
Sadr called on the government to give all Iraqis a share of the country's oil wealth, create jobs for 500,000 unemployed people nationwide, and provide free fuel for private generators, until Iraq's destitute electricity sector is improved.
"If these demands are achieved without delay ... the open demonstration will be postponed indefinitely," Sadr said.
The cleric in February gave the government six months to improve services, threatening to call protests otherwise.
Sadr's bloc holds six cabinet posts and has 40 seats in parliament.