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Iraqi election shakes up Shiite political old guard

The victory of the coalition led by populist cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, and the rise of independent Shiite politicians, could foreshadow a new chapter in Iraqi politics.
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Final results of Iraq's Oct. 10 elections were announced on Oct. 18. The results are expected to be approved by the federal court in two weeks without a major change.

Shiites have divided into three main groups: Sadrists with 73 seats, Nouri Maliki’s State of Law with 34 seats and the Popular Mobilization Unit’s Fatah with 17 seats. This is in addition to the majority of independents (about 40) who mostly are Shiite.

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