Thursday, January 06, 2005

While calls mount among Sunnis to postpone this month's Iraqi election, the reclusive Shi'ite leader Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani is mobilizing thousands of clerics to get out the vote. The move, designed to ensure election dominance of a Shi'ite list heavily influenced by Sistani, shows his influence in Iraqi politics despite his support for separation of religious and political authority. (Reuters)

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