The judicial council said that it agrees with Sadr's diagnosis of the political situation in Iraq, noting that it “stands at an equal distance from all political parties and groups.”
Nearly 10 months on from elections, the oil-rich country still has no government and no new prime minister or president.
Mustafa al Kazimi will have to pick a side if he wants to enact meaningful change.
The last week has seen a renewed spike in rockets hitting Iraqi bases hosting foreign forces, with three coalition troops killed on March 11 in a similar attack on the Taji airbase, which was hit again on March 14.
The US strikes that target Shia militias actually target a branch of the Iraqi Army.
At least three rockets hit the US embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone. Although no group claimed responsibility so far, fingers are pointed at Iran-backed armed groups.
US-Iranian absolutism could have been mitigated had the European Union and the United Nations shown some teeth over the last two years
Barham Salih says he's "ready to resign" rather than designate Asaad al Edani – the candidate of a pro-Iranian coalition for the post of the prime minister – who he said would be rejected by protesters.
Security forces say none of the demonstrators were taken into custody, while pro-Iran armed groups blamed by protesters for Friday's killings swore they had no role in the violence.
Iraq's parliament has approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi on Sunday, amid ongoing violence and anti-government demonstrations in the capital.
Sistani has been one of the most influential religious leaders in Iraqi politics since the US invasion of Iraq. While his word is not law - it cannot be ignored.
The Iraqi government has surprised everyone by warming up to the idea of a friendship with Israel.
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