Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

AP News
Posted: Aug 01, 2014 7:21 AM
Iraq's top Shiite cleric appeals to politicians

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in comments delivered by his spokesman on Friday that the next government must "command broad acceptance" from the entire political spectrum.

The spokesman, Ahmed al-Safi, quotes the reclusive cleric as saying that "no one should make himself an obstacle in achieving national consensus."

The remarks are seen as another appeal by al-Sistani to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down.

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