Iraq’s Sadr and Amiri announce political alliance


Nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in Iraq’s May parliamentary election, announced on Tuesday an alliance between their political blocs, Reuters has said.

The announcement came at a joint press conference in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, state television said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he opposed any repeat of the May 12 parliamentary election, and warned that anyone who tried to sabotage the political process would be punished, after allegations of electoral fraud raised tensions.

Source: The Baghdad Post

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Abadi’s policy rejects the re-election and calls for the formation of a new government