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Iraq's provincial elections show the power of the tribe

On election day, Sheik Wahid Issawi held court in his mudheef, a tribal guesthouse tucked among the family’s acres of date groves and rice fields. Relatives filed in, kissed his hand and cheek and asked his guidance on how to vote in Saturday’s provincial elections. His answer was simple: Choose the list of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Full Story

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