With a little confidence in the country's political system, many ordinary Iraqis are likely to stay away from the ballot box while Shia-led parties like Muqtada al Sadr’s group are expected to dominate next month’s polls.
Both Washington and Tehran have embarked on reckless foreign policies in Iraq, which deny Baghdad sovereignty and have led to constant instability.
Sistani has been one of the most influential religious leaders in Iraqi politics since the US invasion of Iraq. While his word is not law - it cannot be ignored.
Iraq has been struggling to come out from under the political morass that has gripped the country after the US invasion. The victory of Muqtada al Sadr's broad alliance could be the first sign that things might change for the better in Iraq.
The town is now under the "complete control" of Kurdish regional government forces, according to Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Jabar Yawar.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi calls for the arrest of protesters loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al Sadr who stormed the Green Zone in Baghdad on Saturday.
Iraqi Prime Minister al Abadi asks parliament to gather to vote on government proposal as part of anti-corruption drive
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