Iraqi Election Shows Trouble for Largest Shiite Party

by Benjamin Domenech on 2:42 am February 2, 2009

BAGHDAD (AP) — The biggest Shiite party in Iraq once appeared to hold all the political sway: control of the heartland, the backing of influential clerics and a foot in the government with ambitions to take full control. But the days of wide-open horizons could be soon ending for the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, and replaced by important shifts that could be welcomed in Washington and scorned in Tehran.

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