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    Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr's bloc wins Iraq elections

    An alliance headed by a former Shia militia chief who led two uprisings against the US-led invasion of Iraq has won the parliamentary elections.

    But Moqtada Sadr, who is also staunchly opposed to Iranian involvement in the country, cannot become prime minister as he did not stand as a candidate.

    However, he is expected to play a major role in forming the new government.

    The party of outgoing PM Haider al-Abadi was pushed into third place, behind a pro-Iranian alliance.

    Mr Sadr's win represents a remarkable comeback for the cleric after he was sidelined for years by Iranian-backed rivals.

    These elections were the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group in December. Some 5,000 American troops remain in Iraq supporting local forces, which were fighting IS.

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