Ibrahim al-Jabiri, one of the leaders of Iraq's Shiite Sadr Movement, gives an interview during a demonstration by the movement in the capital Baghdad's Tahrir square against corruption in the Iraqi government on March 2, 2018. AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Supporters of a black-turbaned Shiite religious scholar are seeing red in the runup to Iraq's May elections thanks to an unprecedented alliance with the once-powerful communist party. Populist religious scholar Moqtada Sadr has defied his religious rivals and opted to campaign for the May 12 poll alongside former enemies, Marxists who demand a secular state. Civil society activists launched the protest movement in July 2015, demanding reforms, better public services and an end to corruption.They were later joined by followers of Sadr, the populist scion of a dynasty of religious elders.Shiite religious parties have come to play a greater role in the years since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam.44-year-old populist Moqtada Sadr was not so ecumenical in the years following the 2003 invasion.Hilfi and Sadr have met every two weeks since.
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