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Iraq:Sadrists hold 2nd day of referendum

jos_sadrists_iraq-300x202 The followers of Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr attend the second day of a referendum on who the bloc should support as Iraq’s future prime minister. The vote, seen as an attempt to relieve post-election unease in Iraq, entered its second and final day on Saturday.  According to the Shiite News Correspondent,The referendum came after disputed results of the March 7 parliamentary polls pointed to a narrow victory by the coalition led by former Premier Iyad Allawi over his main rival and incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Neither party has won enough seats to form a coalition government. Sadr has withdrawn support for both contenders and asked his followers to vote in the plebiscite for their prime minister of choice. Sadr’s bloc has denied the vote was a re-run of the elections and the referendum has reportedly no official role in deciding the ultimate winner. Prior to last month’s elections, Sadr urged the Iraqi electorate to help end the US-led occupation of the country by going to polling stations

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