Iraqis inspect the aftermath of an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district on June 7, 2018. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
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Iraqi preacher Moqtada al-Sadr called on his followers on Thursday to remain calm after an explosion killed 18 people in his main stronghold in Baghdad just hours after parliament called for a recount of votes in an election his bloc won.Iraq's parliament passed a law on Wednesday ordering a nationwide manual recount of votes in the parliamentary election, lawmakers said, a day after the prime minister said there had been serious violations.Iraq's judiciary said in a statement on Thursday that a high-ranking committee of judges have moved into the headquarters of the election commission to prepare to run it following parliament's vote to suspend the commission's leaders and replace them with judges.
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