May 9, 2007
by Michael Sung
The Iraqi Council of Representatives Wednesday approved a measure to take legal action against Al Jazeera television for alleged insults against top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. The measure followed days of protests by thousands of Shi'a Muslims in the southern cities of Basra... ...[read more]
April 4, 2007
by Joshua Pantesco
Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani said Tuesday he in fact did not oppose a proposed law which would return former Baath party members to their previously held government positions, as initially reported Sunday. A spokesperson for Sistani denied the reports without revealing ...[read more]
April 2, 2007
by Holly Manges Jones
Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani Sunday rejected a proposed law which would return former Baath party members to their previously held government positions, according to Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification. The draft law, which was ...[read more]
September 27, 2005
by Christopher G. Anderson
Influential Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has denied reports that he will issue a fatwa, or religious edict, telling Shiite Muslims to vote yes in the upcoming referendum on the Iraqi constitution. Rather, Al-Sistani said in a statement reported by the Pentagon-backed... ...[read more]
September 23, 2005
by Jeannie Shawl
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's most powerful Shiite cleric, said Thursday that he endorsed the draft Iraqi constitution and called for officials in the Shiite Muslim hierarchy to promote a yes vote in the upcoming national referendum. Al-Sistani's endorsement comes as S... ...[read more]
August 6, 2005
by Alexandria Samuel
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with several of the country's leading Shiite clerics in the city of Najaf Friday to discuss issues surrounding the Iraqi constitution. Jaafari said after a discussion with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that the senior Shiite celeric does not wan... ...[read more]
February 9, 2005
by Jeannie Shawl
A spokesman for the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said Wednesday that the announcement of final results from last month's Iraqi elections will be delayed so that the Commission can recount votes from 300 ballot boxes. The results were originally scheduled to be announced Thursday. No... ...[read more]
February 8, 2005
by Jeannie Shawl
A spokesman for Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Tuesday that Sistani is not demanding that Iraq's new constitution be based solely on Islamic sharia law. Sistani's spokesman said Sistani reiterates his previous positions that the constitution should respect the Islamic cu... ...[read more]
February 6, 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts
Top Shiite clerics in Iraq have called for Islam to be the sole source of legislation for the county's new constitution, set to be drafted by the members of the country's Transitional National Assembly chosen in the recent elections. The call is said to be supported by Shiite spiritual leade... ...[read more]
February 3, 2005
by Chris Buell
Six of Iraq's 18 provinces reported partial election returns Thursday that showed the United Iraqi Alliance, a Shiite party, with strong results in the National Assembly race. The Alliance had been endorsed by the country's most powerful Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and l... ...[read more]

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