Iraqi Shiite cleric returns to Iraq from Iran

Iraqi radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday returned home in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, an official from Sadr’s office said.

“Sayyed Moqtada al-Sadr, head of al-Sadr movement, has arrived home in Najaf in the afternoon, coming from Tehran,” the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Sadr has been in the neighboring Iran for more than three years for Shiite religious studies in the holy Iranian city of Qom.

Last month, Sadr returned to Iraq for two weeks but he suddenly left to Iran to come back on Wednesday to the country again.

Earlier in the day, Sadr’s political office released a statement by Moqtada al-Sadr calling for holding a survey among Iraqis within a week in all Iraq’s 18 provinces about their opinion over public services.

Oneof the survey’s questions asking people whether they prefer peaceful demonstrations if the government fail to improve public services after more than six months.

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