Iraq: Al-Sadr Withdrawal Realigns Shi’a Alliances Prior To Parliamentary Poll


Muqtada al-Sadr’s announcement earlier this month that he is withdrawing from Iraqi politics has altered alliances among the dominant Shi’a block. This provides an opportunity for PM Nuri al-Maliki to win a third term in elections on 30 April. 


The Shi’a cleric leads the al-Ahrar Block, which holds 40 seats in parliament and six ministerial posts in the...