Nouri al-Maliki received the backing of Shiite Sadrists in his bid to continue as prime minister for Iraq.(Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
Nouri al-Maliki received the backing of Shiite Sadrists in his bid to continue as prime minister for Iraq.
(Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Moves Closer to Forming Government

October 4, 2010  •  From theTrumpet.com
The radical Sadrist bloc has thrown its weight behind the current prime minister.
 

Iraq’s main Shiite parliamentary bloc has chosen incumbent Nouri al-Maliki as its candidate for prime minister, possibly bringing the country one step closer to ending seven months of political deadlock.

Anti-U.S. Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc, which won 39 seats in March’s parliamentary elections and has been seen as the kingmaker in forming a government, endorsed Maliki on Friday. This cleared the way for the National Alliance (NA) to announce its decision the same day. Sadr had previously opposed Maliki.

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