Iraq's top cleric calls on political leaders to break deadlock

by Reuters
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:07 GMT

BAGHDAD, July 25 (Reuters) - Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts, in an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside.

Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers, Sistani said leaders should be flexible so that political deadlocks can be broken and Iraq can confront dangers and terrorism. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Larry King)

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