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IPFS News Link • Iraq

Iraqis Shake Off Foreign Intervention in Sadr's Ballot Box Success

• by Patrick Cockburn

His supporters successfully campaigned for social and political reform and against a corrupt and dysfunctional political establishment.

It was the latest surprise in the career of a man who barely survived the murder of his father, the revered Shia religious leader Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, and his two brothers, on the orders of Saddam Hussein in 1999.

Four years later, after the US invasion of Iraq, he was in danger of being killed once again, this time by American forces who twice besieged him in the holy city of Najaf in 2004.

Mr Sadr will be very much the king-maker – though he will have no official position – in the formation of a new Iraqi government.