US too will pull 2,000 troops out of Iraq this month to help fulfil Trump’s promises before the election.
Ayatollah Sistani supports early legislative elections following meeting with top UN official.
Special Representative of the UnitedNations Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert met with Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and discussed some important issues, including holding early election and fighting the corruption in Iraq.
Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has expressed his support for early parliamentary elections, a key demand of protesters who staged months of demonstrations last year against corruption and poor economic conditions.
“The parliamentary elections scheduled for next year are of great importance,” Ayatollah Sistani said in an online statement after a meeting with UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert in the holy city of Najaf on Sunday.
He added that Iraqis should be encouraged to actively participate in the polls, warning that failing to hold the elections as scheduled or in a free and fair way would “threaten the unity and future of Iraq’s people.”