Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meets with Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad on May 20, 2018. (AFP / Sabah ARAR)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shi'ite cleric's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition.Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election.A bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful figures in Iraq, came in second.Before the election, Tehran publicly stated it would not allow Sadr's bloc to govern close ally Iraq, with which it shares a border.
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