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For the first time since driving out Daesh (ISIS), Iraqis go to the polls Saturday in elections that will shape attempts to heal the country's deep divisions and could shift the regional balance of power. Iraq's three main ethnic and religious groups, the majority Shiite Arabs and the minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds, have been at loggerheads for decades and the sectarian rifts are as apparent as ever 15 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein.Like Abadi, Amiri is running on a platform highlighting the victory against Daesh, though the militia leader's narrative is more compelling as he was a front-line commander and is viewed as war hero by many Shiites.The Shiite vote is split, as many are unhappy with their leaders after 15 years in power that have only yielded violence and unemployment and have left the country's infrastructure crumbling.But if the Shiites are split because they have too many leaders, the Sunni Arabs are divided because they have none.The Sunni politicians that have held positions in government are largely discredited.
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