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Iraq’s Sadr and communists join forces for election

AFP reports:

Supporters of a Shiite cleric are seeing red in the run-up to Iraq's May elections thanks to an unprecedented alliance with the once-powerful communist party.

Populist preacher Moqtada Sadr has defied his clerical rivals and opted to campaign for the May 12 poll alongside former enemies, Marxists who demand a secular state.

"This alliance is a first in Iraq," said Ibrahim Al Jaberi, a Sadrist official.

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