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Iraqi parliamentary groupings join hands in bid to oust Abdel Mahdi

A bloc of Iraqi political parties comes together to form a strong opposition against Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in an apparent bid to remove him from office.
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BAGHDAD — Two days after the Victory Alliance led by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced it was forming a “reform opposition” to the Iraqi government, the National Wisdom Movement led by Ammar al-Hakim announced June 16 the adoption of the “constitutional opposition” which may also include the Sairoon Alliance led by Muqtada al-Sadr. This could mark the beginning of a large parliamentary opposition.

On June 17, Sadr announced a 10-day deadline for the completion of the Abdul Mahdi's government and threatened, in a statement, that the Sadrist movement would “take a new stance should this not happen.”

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