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Obeidi points out that Sadr also rejects Iranian interference in Iraq. Sadr has not publicly met with Iranian military commander Qassim Suleimani, who has also been in Baghdad for talks since the election.

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Sadr so far has indicated he is ready to partner with Abadi and Ammar al Hakim, another prominent Shiite leader who previously headed the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a major political faction. Abadi and former prime minister canada goose outlet sale Maliki belong to the same party, but they created separate political blocs for this election, a move that is seen as contributing to Abadi’s relatively poor showing in the polls just 42 seats.

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