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Iraq PM stuck between MPs and protestersNo matter what he tries, Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi just can't catch a break. This has created a government that has been wholly incapable of delivering the basic services demanded by the Iraqi population.Sadr is best known as the "firebrand sheikh" who led one of the few Shiite movements to violently oppose the U.S. presence in Iraq, but his Mahdi Army suffered catastrophic defeats in 2004 and then again in 2008 . His political influence has waxed and waned in the years since, until this February when he seized on popular anger toward the government to catapult himself back into the political spotlight.Those protests were supported by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a far more revered religious scholar than Sadr, but ultimately failed to bring about any real change in government.The party is infamous for using its control over the Ministry of Health to assassinate Sunnis at the peak of the Iraqi civil war, and has admitted that some of its most senior political figures have themselves engaged in corruption.
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