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Muqtada al-Sadr shakes up Iraqi politics by calling for new Shite bloc

Muqtada al-Sadr’s calls to restore the "Shiite Home" were viewed as an attempt to revive the electoral Shiite alliance that cracked during recent legislative elections.

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Sadrist movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr sparked wide controversy after posting a tweet Dec. 2 in which he called for the restoration of the "Shiite Home" — a call many believe carries political or electoral motives to revive the electoral Shiite alliance.

“I believe it is of pressing interest to expedite the restoration of the Shiite Home through extensive meetings to write an ideological and political honor pact," Sadr’s tweet read.

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