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Shiite Cleric Sadr Takes Surprise Lead In Iraq Parliamentary Election

In the country's first election since driving out ISIS, partial results show an alliance backed by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has made strong gains at the expense of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Iraqi election results are showing a surprising setback for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, with a political list backed by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr making a stronger showing.

Election officials Sunday night released results for ten of Iraq's 19 provinces, accounting for more than half

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