Iraq’s PM Appeases The Antichrist

Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr [L] met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi [R] following tensions between both sides that lasted for at least nine months. Photo: Iraqi PM office.
BAGHDAD, Iraq—Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with prominent Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad on Monday to discuss the war against ISIS, the country’s security and political situation and most importantly, to mend ties after almost a year of tensions between Sadrists and the government and public protests.
At a joint press conference Aabdi said that he hoped for “political understanding between the [Iraqi] parties.” Abadi’s Dawa Party and his government came under attack from Sadr who sent angry protestors into parliament and Green Zone in April.
Sadr for his part, told reporters that he had a “fruitful” meeting with the prime minister where he had pledged his support for the army, completion of the government’s reform plans and promotion of moderate voices in the country.
At the press conference Sadr criticized former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s heavy-handed military response against his group across the country and told Abadi that his government should be different and avoid such actions, referring to his recent anti-government demonstrations.
Abadi and Maliki’s Dawa party offices have come under attack by Sadr supporters in different cities in the south of Iraq, including in the city of Najaf.
Monday’s meeting between Sadr and Abadi is seen by observers as against a possible Maliki comeback, who said in a Wall Street Journal interview recently that he didn’t seek office again, but that Iraqis needed change, a hint at removing Abadi after the ISIS operation.
The two leaders met in the heavily fortified Green Zone which was stormed by thousands of demonstrators in late April following a speech by Sadr who called for an end of government corruption and waste of public funds.
Other Iraqi leaders, such as Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq have urged national unity among Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis and preparation for the post-ISIS era.
Al-Hakim has since met with the Iraqi political parties, including Sunni politicians, and has been to Iran and Jordan, two influential regional countries to lend their support to his reconciliation process.

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