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What’s behind Sadrists’ return to Iraq’s Shiite National Alliance?

After boycotting the alliance for months, the Sadrist movement says it has returned, conditionally, to prepare a united front for the upcoming elections.
Iraqi Shi'ite radical leader Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a sermon to worshippers during Friday prayers at the Kufa mosque near Najaf, December 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani  - RTX1Y8TG
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BAGHDAD — The Sadrist movement has rejoined the Iraqi National Alliance, but with a list of 14 conditions it expects to be met eventually. The movement had been boycotting the alliance since April, after Sadrist leader Muqtada al-Sadr hurled accusations that the alliance was shielding corrupt figures.

The alliance, which is mainly composed of Shiite Islamist parties, includes the State of Law, the Islamic Supreme Council, the National Reform movement and a few small groups.

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