In this photo provided by the Iraqi government, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, meets with Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, early Sunday, May 20, 2018. (Iraqi Government via AP)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met with Moqtada al-Sadr late Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Shiite religious scholar's bloc was declared winner of Iraq's parliamentary election, the clearest sign yet they could work together to form a coalition. Sadr has sought to reassure Iraqis about their next government, saying it will be "inclusive" and mindful of their needs.No single bloc won a majority in the May 12 vote, raising the prospect of weeks or even months of negotiations to agree on a government, but Sadr's victory puts him in a position to have a strong say in negotiations.
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