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What Iraq's rival Shiite forces want

The Shiite political parties are split into two rival camps, the Sadrists and the Coordination Framework, which is far less than unified.
Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gather outside the parliament building on the seventh day of protests against the nomination of a rival Shiite faction for the position of prime minister, Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2022.

BAGHDAD — Since last elections in October, the Shiite political scene has been divided into two rival camps: the Sadrists, who won the largest bloc with 73 seats, and the Coordination Framework, which consists of parties and militia-affiliated groups supported by Iran.

The two groups are battling both in the parliament and on the streets. A number of protests were organized by the two sides before they both held protests simultaneously on Aug 12.

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