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Disillusionment Appears to Help Shi'ite Cleric in Iraq Vote

Widespread disillusionment with Iraq's current political class appears to have helped the political coalition of influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr become the early front-runner in national elections marked by record low turnout.   Partial returns of the 2018 vote — the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group — were announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission and put al-Sadr's political alliance in the lead in four...

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