Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is ...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

May 20, 2018 Read more: SFGate
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment rivals. Al-Sadr - who is remembered for leading an insurgency against U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion - did not run for a seat himself and is unlikely to become prime minister, but will command a significant number of seats and has already begun informal talks about government formation.

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