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Feud between Iraqi Sunni leaders could undercut bloc ahead of elections

Speaker of parliament and leader of the Advancement alliance Mohammed al-Halbusi has accused the leader of al-Azm alliance, Khamis al-Khanjar, of selling Sunni land.
Mohammed al-Halbusi (L), newly elected speaker of the Iraqi parliament, delivers a speech Sept. 18, 2018, following a meeting in Basra.

As Iraq's legislative elections draw near, a major conflict between Sunni political leaders has started to rear its head for several political, societal and economic — but also regional — reasons.

This has led Sunni politicians to warn of the impact of the conflict between the leader of the Advancement alliance, Mohammed al-Halbusi, and the leader of al-Azm alliance, Khamis al-Khanjar, as they deem this a reason Sunnis could lose a number of seats in the next parliament.

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