And Iraq's inability to escape Iranian influence is embodied in the coalition that Sadr
is apparently forming.
Al Amiri, after all, came in second and Al Sadr
needs his support to form a government, since the 54 seats that his supporters won, although impressive, is not enough for a majority in parliament.
Kirk Sowell, publisher of the Inside Iraqi Politics newsletter, then noted: "Sadr
began this as a new effort to co-opt the anti-corruption protest movement after a different effort failed last fall".
Khalil has told Al-Jadeed channel Wednesday night that the Amal Movement and its leader Berri have "valuable information about the fate of Sadr
A charismatic leader and gifted orator, the young Sadr
managed to deliver fiery Friday sermons in the famous mosque in Kufa where 'Ali ibn Abi-Taleb, the first imam of Shi'ism and the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, addressed his followers in the 7th century AD.
saw an opportunity for his own political advancement in Abadi's failure.
Born in Qom, Sadr
moved to Lebanon in 1969 to work for the rights of Shiites in the southern port of Tyre, where his great grandfather was a cleric before fleeing to Iran to get away from the Ottomans.
If confirmed as permanent, Sadr
's announcement brings to a close a political career spanning more than a decade.
US military commanders said Sadr
's action had been instrumental in helping bring about a significant decrease in the levels of violence across Iraq.
's remarks were his first public comments since returning to his movement's home base in the holy Shiite city of Najaf in southern Iraq on Monday.
The Gaddafi regime has always denied this claim, saying instead that Sadr
left for Italy after his visit to Libya.
Yet independent analysts doubt that Dr Allawi and Sadr
will finally agree to such an alliance.