Iraqi MPs from firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr’s bloc resign

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Iraqi lawmakers from firebrand Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr’s bloc resigned Sunday, the parliamentary speaker said, in a move ostensibly designed to up pressure to end an eight-month political paralysis. Sadr on Thursday had urged the MPs from his bloc – the biggest in parliament – to ready resignation papers, in a bid, he said, to break the parliamentary logjam and create space for the establishment of a new government. Parliament in Baghdad has been in turmoil since October’s general election, and intense negotiations among political factions have failed to forge a majority in support of a new p…

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