Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends the election campaign, along with his supporters, ahead of the parliamentary election in Kerbala, Iraq May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa al-Deen
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After the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the military flare-up between Iran and Israel along the Syrian border, national elections in Iraq this weekend will be a crucial test of Iran's regional influence.Two elections back, in 2010, the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a sectarian Shiite, was narrowly defeated by a secular coalition led by the former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.Most observers assumed that Allawi would therefore be granted the first opportunity to form a government. But for their own strategic reasons, the two dominant foreign powers in Iraq – the U.S. and Iran – both wanted a second term for Maliki.Instead, the court said, it could go to a bloc that could assemble the largest coalition after the election.However, because of the 2010 ruling, which is still in effect, unless a coalition wins an outright majority, or something very close, the real politics will begin after the voting as politicians scramble to construct the largest possible parliamentary bloc.In the last three elections, the U.S. and Iran both supported Maliki during his two terms and then together turned to Abadi.
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