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Shiite Leader Says He Wants Federal Region

A leading Shiite lawmaker suggested Monday that he will pursue a federal region in southern Iraq after next month’s elections, pushing forward demands for Shiite autonomy that Sunni leaders fear could tear the country apart. “We have major missions ahead,” Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, who heads the largest bloc in the interim parliament, told a gathering of tribal leaders. “The central and southern regions should be achieved after the elections” set for Dec. 15. Full Story

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