Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attends to cast his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Najaf, Iraq May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Gen. Qassem Soleimani is holding talks with politicians in Baghdad to promote the formation of a new Iraqi Cabinet which would have Iran's approval, two people familiar with the political process underway in Iraq said Wednesday. Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran's Revolutionary Guard, arrived in Iraq Saturday, the day of the parliamentary elections.Soleimani is holding talks with rival politicians to pave the way for an agreement to form a Shiite ruling coalition, said a person acting as an intermediary between Sadr, other senior politicians and a Shiite candidate.Sadr has made clear he is unwilling to compromise with Iran by forming a coalition with its main allies, Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr paramilitary group, and former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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