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Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr announces support for elections

Sadr's announcement comes a month after he called on his supporters to boycott the October elections.
Aug. 27 march backing Sadr

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says he will participate in Iraq’s upcoming general election, walking back a decision last month to boycott the October poll.

Sadr announced the reversal during a televised address Friday, saying that participating in the elections was “now acceptable” as a means of putting an end to the Iraqi government’s rampant corruption.

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