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INTERVIEW: Shock election results in Iraq

By Zaid Al-Ali,  May 18, 2018

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION:  Iraq recently held its first parliamentary election since the defeat of Islamic State on its territory.  Seasoned observers expected the incumbent Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, who is favoured by the US, to win the most votes.  Instead his party is running third to Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, a former militia leader who fought US troops following the Iraq invasion. So where do these results leave this ethnically divided nation?

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