BASRA - A projected big win for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's party in Basra is a telling sign about his popularity in the oil capital of the country, where voters in the March 7 national election were persuaded by the power of security, the prospect of economic success and budget concessions.
It also sets him apart from his current rivals and coalition partners in the lame-duck government, which failed to provide many basic services in Basra and the country as a whole.
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