November 2, 2010
GOSH, HE UNDERSTANDS IRAQ BETTER THAN US?:
Sadr's Act II as Iraq's kingmaker (Mohamad Bazzi, October 29, 2010, Straits Times)
The bad boy of Iraqi politics, anti-American Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, is once again positioning himself as kingmaker - this time in forming a government and the selection of a new prime minister.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2010 6:51 AM
Sadr may well determine the fates of current Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and his rival Ayad Allawi, a former premier whose coalition won a narrow plurality of seats in the new Parliament. By jockeying to cast the deciding vote on Iraq's next prime minister, Sadr has once again shown greater political skill than his Iraqi rivals and the United States usually give him credit for.