Lebanon parliament speaker asks Iraq’s Sadr to retract resignation

 Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who also heads a major Shi’ite Muslim political party, on Wednesday urged Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to retract his resignation from politics.

Berri was speaking to supporters gathered in south Lebanon to mark the disappearance of cleric Musa al-Sadr 44 years ago.

This comes as 12 protesters were killed and 270 others wounded as Iraq declared a nationwide curfew after supporters of Moqtada Sadr stormed the government palace in Baghdad’s Green Zone Monday following the powerful Shiite leader’s declaration that he was quitting politics on Monday.

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