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Sadr Slams Persisting “Baathist Method” in Iraq’s State Institutions

Influential Iraqi Shi’ite cleric and the leader of Sairoon parliamentary bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, has fiercely criticized corruption and “Baathist method” in the state institutions across Iraq.

Sadr wrote on Twitter that bribery in state institutions is widespread now which, as he describes, is a disaster for the state, rule of law, and civil society organizations.

The powerful cleric believes the mentality of corruption is rooted in the methods the former Baath regime implemented in Iraq.

“This is a Baath method that many of the people of Iraq have got used to,” he wrote.

Sadr, since his political faction won the 2018’s parliamentary elections, has been advocating concrete measures to fight corruption. He often called on his supporters to take to the streets in Baghdad after the Friday collective prayers and oblige the government to take actions.

His recent remarks come amid multiple reports claiming that the positions at the parliamentary committees are being traded for huge prices. Source