Iraqi Shiite cleric supports al-Maliki to head up new government
Aides to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Friday he backs Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led coalition in forming a new Iraqi government.
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The step could also bring dealmaking that may give key concessions to al-Sadr's anti-American bloc.
The announcement, made Friday at a press conference by officials from al-Sadr's political group, marks a significant boost for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led coalition toward securing enough parliament seats to form a new government.