Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech from the southern Iraqi city of Najaf on February 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HAIDAR HAMDANI
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Powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday slammed Iraq's government as corrupt and headed by a "tyrant" while calling on citizens to vote, days after announcing his exit from politics.Sadr called on Iraqis to vote in parliamentary elections that are now a little more than two months away.Sadr was also the commander of the Mahdi Army, a widely-feared militia that battled US forces and played a key role in the brutal Sunni-Shiite sectarian conflict in which thousands of people were killed.
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