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> There are no guarantees that the Washington
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Reuters's Riad Jalabi, in a bill, says it's bad timing for Iraq's politicians and their international backers who've been unable to form a government four months after an election.>> The United States backed Habaddi, seeing him as a moderate who could stabilize the country beset by secterian turbulent politics.
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But Washington may have miscalculated and cultivated the alternatives. The protests marked a clear rejection of the political elites which have been emboldened by Iran and the US since 2003. Protesters say they are responsible for the decrease in quality of living in Iraq as endemic corruption has spread amongst all of Iraq's institutions.
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>> A body formed an alliance with populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr whose block came first in the election. But Sadr has slated Abadi's handling of the
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crisis. And although he portrays himself as fiercely opposed to any foreign interference in Iraq, Sadr has turned to other potential allies, backed by Iran.
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Both Iran and the US have been trying to shape the incoming government in recent months, sending top envoys to negotiate with their political allies.>>
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] Iran will influence the incoming government without a struggle. Many who voted in May's national elections supported candidates who opposed foreign intervention.
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>> The protests have certainly shaken Iraq's establishment, but some say it's also possible they could be the catalyst that gets the talks moving at last.