Top Iraqi cleric urges rapid selection of next PM

June 27, 2014 12:11 PM

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Top Iraqi cleric urges rapid selection of next PM

Iraq's top Shiite spiritual leader said Friday that he wants the country's top political leaders to agree on the next prime minister before the new parliament opens next week.

Iranian-born Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is weighing in increasingly in Iraqi politics in the face of a threat by Sunni militants who have taken over large swaths of territory in Iraq's north and west. Last week al-Sistani's call for Iraqis to fight the rebels prompted a show of force in the stre...

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