Iraqi Parliament Approves Partial Cabinet Change Amid 'Million Man March'

Some protesters arrived weeks before the march.

The Parliament approved a partial cabinet "reshuffle," originally proposed by al-Abadi.

The move would transfer key portfolios to independent technocrats in an effort to rid the government of "patronage and corruption that have hindered the provision of public services since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion," according to The Associated Press.

Some protesters arrived several weeks ago and have been holding a "sit-in" outside of the heavily guarded Green Zone, creating huge traffic jams in parts of the city.

Many demonstrators carried photos of Muqtada al-Sadr and praised him with songs.

Protesters said they would not leave Tahrir Square until a new government was in place, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Col. Steve Warren, the U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said American military personnel and operations were not affected by today’s protests.