Sistani says he will stop the policy discussed in Friday sermons

FEBRUARY 5, 2016

BAGHDAD - (Reuters) - The supreme authority of the Shiites in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said on Friday that he will not address things politics after day in the usual sermon at Friday prayers, which was for years a source of guidance to his followers.

Ahmad Safi al-Sistani aide, who deliver a speech on his behalf a reason to stop talking in politics during the speeches have focused recently on the government's battle against Islamic militants to organize the state and efforts to combat corruption has not been determined.

Safi said in a Friday sermon broadcast on television from the southern city of Karbala, which includes sacred Shi'ite shrines "decide that this is not a week for the time being, but according to the emerging issues and requirements of occasions."

Sistani enjoys considerable influence among millions of Shiite followers and has rarely challenged the authority of Iraqi politician.
The speeches addressed several issues such as security, elections and the economy.