BAGHDAD - The party led by cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is calling for a cut of Iraq's oil sales to be distributed to the country's needy – a populist push in the democratic country whose regional neighborhood, from Jordan to North Africa, is revolting against leaders accused of not catering to the poor's needs.
A month and a half into 2011, Iraq’s budget has been stalled by political conflict among domestic factions over oil spending and perceived cuts to social programs.
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