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Months of political infighting in Iraq prompt widespread protests and instability

Months of political infighting in Iraq prompt widespread protests and instability
Iraq has been reeling from unrest after the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for a revolution, taunting his Shiite rivals and demanding sweeping changes to the current political system. Special correspondent Simona Foltyn reports from Baghdad.

Simona Foltyn: After nine months of political deadlock to form a new government, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has taken his fight to the streets.Simona Foltyn: And he decided to flex his populist muscle.Simona Foltyn: Ironically, Sadr has been part of the very system he now wants to upend.Simona Foltyn: I ask him what he thinks about the Coordination Framework.

Simona Foltyn: Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who rose to power with Sadr's backing, asked security forces to protect the crowds and appealed for calm.Simona Foltyn: The Framework's leadership has called for dialogue, which could pave the way for a compromise that would leave Kadhimi in office for another term.

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