His Majesty, Moqtada

As Sadr's influence grows, his policies may scare foreign investors in the oil sector.
His Majesty, Moqtada
Demonstrators carry Iraqi flags in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on April 9, 2010. Called by radical Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr, the demonstration marks the seventh anniversary of the fall of Baghdad to the U.S.-led coalition that toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. (QASSEM ZEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Unless the two winningest parties in the election join forces, it is nearly impossible for the next government to be formed without the Sadrist party's blessing. Such kingmaker status brings to the formerly militant Shia Muslim movement a higher profile role in setting the agenda of the Parliament.The party, led by cleric Moqtada Sadr, is opposed to most of the recently made oil policy decisions, including the 10 oil contracts the current government signed with 15 of the world's largest oi...

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