Grand Ayatllah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's Shia leader, on Friday threw his support behind the country’s new prime minister. Sistani urged Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to work for unity of Iraq and end corruption. Sistan, leading the Friday prayers, said the transition was a rare opportunity to resolve “political and security crisis.” (Reuters, 15 August)
Note: Grand Ayatollah Sistani had urged the new premier to work "for unity of IRAQ and end corruption." An earlier version of this post had mistakenly said Iran instead of Iraq. My apologies, it was just a typo!