Iraq’s PM calls for calm as intra-Shia tensions rise

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Al-Araby

Iraq’s Prime Minister has called for national dialogue and the formation of a committee to find solutions after thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad in counter-protests as rival supporters of Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr extended their occupation of parliament to its third day. Almost 10 months after Iraqis went to the polls, a political standoff pits two key factions of the Shia political scene, between the populist Sadr with a devoted following of millions, and the powerful pro-Iran Coordination Framework. “I am addressing you as we have entered the sacred month of Muharram….

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