Iraq's Sadr and Amiri set to lead talks on new government
BAGHDAD: Iraqi nationalist cleric Moqtada al- Sadr and Iranianbacked militia chief Hadi al- Amiri were set on Wednesday to lead talks to form a government in Baghdad after announcing an alliance of their political blocs.
Sadr and Amiri’s groupings won first and second place respectively inMay’s election, which has been beset by allegations of fraud and raised fears of bloodshed among Shi’ite paramilitary groups.
They announced the alliance in the Shi’ite holy city of Najaf, an apparent attempt to project unity among leaders of the Muslim sect that has dominated since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
A week ago, an explosion killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 90 in Sadr’s Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City district, in what the interior ministry called “a terrorist aggression on civilians”.