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Powerful Cleric Backs Iraq Constitution

The country’s most powerful Shiite cleric endorsed the draft constitution Thursday, rejecting opposition voiced by two popular leaders of Iraq’s majority sect and underlining a rift also on display in anti-British violence in the southern city of Basra. Two officials in the Shiite Muslim hierarchy in Najaf said Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called senior aides together and told them to promote a “yes” vote among the faithful during the Oct. 15 national referendum on the constitution. Full Story

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