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A new Shiite-led political alliance that will contest Iraq's next election has not closed the door on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and may yet join with him for January's vote, a leading Shiite politician said. Maliki may not have to formally join the Iraqi National Alliance, led by the powerful Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council The Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC) (Arabic: المجلس الأعلى الإسلامي العراقي) (previously known as (ISCI ISCI intracytoplasmic sperm injection
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ISCI Initial-State Configuration Interaction ), to ally himself with it if proposals for a looser "national front" bear fruit, ISCI leader Ammar al-Hakim Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim (Arabic: سید عمار الحكيم) is the son of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim leader of SIIC and he serves as Secretary General of Al-Mihrab Martyr Foundation. said. "All the possibilities are still valid, and the negotiations are continuing," Hakim said Hakim Mohammed Said (Urdu: حکیم محمد سعید) (January 9, 1920 - October 17,1998) was a renowned scholar, philanthropist of Pakistan and former Governor of Sindh. He established Hamdard Foundation in 1948. in an interview on Saturday. "We are working hard to attract more parties, and there are many parties that will not join this alliance but be our allies in an expanded national front, including (Maliki's) Dawa Party, which might join the coalition or the front." The election is viewed as pivotal as Iraq emerges from years of sectarian slaughter unleashed by the U.S. invasion in which tens of thousands of Shiites and Sunnis died. Rivalry between majority Shiites is seen as a new potential threat to Iraq's stability as its sectarian struggles fade.
Maliki is seeking to claim credit for a sharp drop in overall violence as U.S. forces begin a gradual draw down that will see the last American soldier withdraw by end-2011. Yet frequent bombings by suspected insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. , including two truck bombs on Aug. 19 that killed 95 people outside two government ministries in Baghdad, have shaken public confidence in the security forces and the authorities. The exclusion from the Iraqi National Alliance of the Dawa Party fuelled speculation the increasingly assertive prime minister may run on his own in January's parliamentary election.
Maliki's growing influence, especially after his allies routed ISCI in many parts of the Shiite south in a provincial election in January, has alarmed the political partners who propelled him into the premiership after the last vote in 2005.They had expected him to be weak and malleable. ISCI in particular, and the movement of fiery anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, have held huge sway over Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein
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Maliki has said he wants to contest the election at the head of a broader, nonsectarian alliance, but politicians say a reason he did not join the INA was because it refused to guarantee him the prime minister's post again, or to give his small Dawa party greater say. Hakim, who took over ISCI this month after the death, from cancer, of his father Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Abdul Aziz al-Hakim (Arabic: سید عبدالعزيز الحكيم) (born 1950) is an Iraqi theologian and politician and the leader of SIIC, the largest political party in the Iraqi Council , said the question of who would become Iraq's next prime minister should be left until after the election. "In ISCI we have no taboos about who should be prime minister, and we will deal with this point according to according to
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3. the result of the election," he said.