Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr reiterated his call on Friday for getting rid of corrupt officials, renouncing sectarianism and uniting all Iraqi factions.
In a speech he delivered during the annual anniversary of his father Mohamed Sadeq al-Sadr's death, al-Sadr said that for years we fought the occupier and still fighting, fended off terrorism and defended holy places.
We have demanded reform and still demand it, he further stated, adding that the movement will not deviate from this issue.
Mohamed Sadeq al-Sadr is a prominent Iraqi Twelver Shiite cleric of the rank of Grand Ayatollah. He called for government reform and the release of detained Shiite leaders. The growth of his popularity, often referred to as the followers of the Vocal Hawza, also put him in competition with other Shiite leaders in Iraq.
Muqtada al-Sadr also said that infighting and animosity within the movement should be stopped, stressing that contention only serves the interests of colonialism.
Earlier this month, al-Sadr called for arresting three MPs after it has been discovered that they colluded in taking bribes and commissions from officials in the Ministry of Electricity.