Al-Sistani Calls for "Yes" Vote

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani has called on Iraqis to approve the new constitution.

“Anyone who contacts the grand ayatollah’s office is told that he instructs Iraqis to vote ‘yes'” in Saturday’s crucial vote, said an official from his office in the Shia holy city of Najaf.

Al-Sistani, who rarely speaks in public, was one of the driving forces behind the landmark January elections that saw the majority Shia community and secular Kurds head Iraq’s new parliament.

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