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Ayatollah Sistani calls for quick formation of new Iraqi Government

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iraq’s senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has urged the formation of a new government as soon as possible in

the wake of protests against alleged government corruption and poor public services in southern cities. In a message delivered at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala through one of his representatives, Ayatollah Sistani called on the administration of incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to urgently meet the demands of people for improved basic

services and employment.
“The current government must work hard urgently to implement citizens’ demands to reduce their suffering and misery,” Ayatollah Sistani’s representative said. The demonstrations in southern Iraq first erupted on July 8 in the city of Basra, an important hub for oil exports which account for over 95 percent of Iraq’s government revenue. Long neglected, Basra is one of the few cities in the Middle East without an effective water treatment system. Many of its waterways are stagnant cesspools, with state officials blaming it on a public funding crisis caused by years of low oil prices. The timing of the demonstrations is critical due to the fact that political factions are trying to form a coalition government following the May 12  parliamentary elections. Ayatollah Sistani said the next prime minister should work to fight governmental corruption.“He (the new prime minister) must launch a relentless war against the corrupted and those who protect them,” Ayatollah Sistani’s representative said. Quran translated into Luhya language AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Holy Quran was translated into the language of Luhya tribe in Kenya for the first time. According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Kenya, a number of teachers and Muslim scholars of the African country translated the Divine Book into Luhya. It will be published and distributed among Luhya speaking tribes by the end of 2018. A Swedish NGO titled “Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Institute” has sponsored the translation and publication of the new translation of Quran. The Luhya are a Bantu ethnic group in Kenya. They number about 5.3 million people according to the 2009 census, being about 16% of Kenya’s total population of 38.5 million, and are the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya. Luhya refers to both the people and their language. There are 18 tribes that make up the Luhya. Each has a distinct dialect. The word Luhya or Luyia in some of the dialects means “clan”, and Abaluhya (Abaluyia) thus means “people of the clan”. Other translations are “those of the same hearth.”

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