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Iraq PM’s fate hangs in balance amid sectarian fears

Top Shiite leaders are deciding the fate of Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari as sectarian tension loomed large in Iraq after dozens of Shiites died in deadly bombings this week. Leaders of the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), the largest parliamentary bloc in the country, began a meeting to resolve the political impasse involving Jaafari’s candidacy as the next premier, a source close to the political negotiations said. He said the meeting was called after Iraq’s revered Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani wrote a letter to the alliance asking the leaders to keep the alliance united. Full Story

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