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Iraqi Shiite Cleric Urges More to Join Parliament Takeover

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pray during a sit-in at the parliament in Baghdad, on July 31.

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr pray during a sit-in at the parliament in Baghdad, on July 31.

Photographer: Anmar Khalil/AP Photo
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The influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr called on his supporters, including tribal leaders and paramilitary forces, to join thousands of others who are now occupying the nation’s parliament to prevent the formation of a new government. 

“This is a great chance for radical change to the political system,” he tweeted on Sunday, the day after thousands of supporters stormed the nation’s seat of power, injuring more than 100 people. “Don’t miss your chance.”