Mustafa Saadoun is an Iraqi journalist covering human rights and also the founder and director of the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights. He formerly worked as a reporter for the Iraqi Council of Representatives.
Former Sadrist block parliament member Awad al-Awadi has been standing since May 16 outside the residence of Muqtada al-Sadr in al-Hananah district of Najaf. Awadi’s sit-in, which he staged in a bid to meet the head of the Sadrist movement, comes two days after dozens of Sadr followers protested near his home in Hella city, accusing Awadi of corruption.
Iraqi-Saudi relations have witnessed significant improvement after years of boycott that had worsened during Nouri al-Maliki’s rule between 2006 and 2014. On Oct. 22, the establishment of a Coordination Council between the two countries was announced.