This handout photo from the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani shows Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, center, meeting with U.N. envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, right, in Najaf, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. In a statement released by his office after meeting the U.N. envoy Al-Sistani threw his support behind the prime minister’s announcement to hold parliamentary elections ahead of schedule next year, a key demand of protesters. (Office of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, via AP)
Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, centre, meets UN envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, right, in Najaf, Iraq, 0n Sunday, September 13, 2020. AP

Iraq's Ayatollah Ali Sistani backs early elections and urges end to corruption