Press review 11th-18th April
Iraqi secularists under attack ahead of elections – 11/04/2014 – Al Monitor
Kadhem al-Haeri, a cleric who has close ties with the Islamic Dawa Party and the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa March 30 banning the election of secular candidates in the upcoming elections. Large banners were hung in many areas of Baghdad and included a picture of the marja (spiritual guide) and the signature of the party’s office. The banners read: “it is forbidden to elect secular candidates”. The banners, hung late in March, are still present in some areas in Baghdad.