Followers of Iraq’s Sadr pray at Saddam-era parade ground

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By John Davison BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of followers of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr prayed on Friday at an iconic Baghdad military parade ground built by the late President Saddam Hussein, in yet another symbolic display of Sadr’s sway over much of the Iraqi people. Sadr has in the past week commanded his followers to storm Baghdad’s heavily secured Green Zone, occupy parliament and pray together as he refuses to let his political rivals form a government 10 months after elections. Sadr was the biggest winner in an October election but failed to form a government free of Irani…

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