Explainer: What’s driving the power struggle in Iraq?

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A power struggle in Iraq between the influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Sadr and Iran-backed Shi’ite rivals has escalated with his supporters breaking into parliament and beginning an open-ended sit-in protest. The tussle over who gets to form the next government has deepened a fissure in the Shi’ite community that has dominated Iraqi politics since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. What is the background to the rivalry, why has it escalated, what does this mean for Iraq and what are the risks of violence? WHO ARE SADR AND HIS RIVALS?…

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