Last week I mentioned the shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was announcing his militia’s ceasefire would be extended for another six months. Today, we heard from al-Sadr again. This time his is speaking out against the executive branch of the Iraq government in their decesion to veto a piece of legislation that had a component for the three biggest general factions in Iraqi society: Kurds, Sunnis, and Shia. The only portion of the legislation that was not passed was the aspect that the Shia most strongly supported, it would have given regional governments more power. Provincial elections would have been a major aspect of its passing. Link.