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We begin our tour of the British newspapers with a report by Chloe Cornish in the Financial Times entitled: "Muqtada al-Sadr: From fickle militia leader to kingmaker."
The correspondent interested in Middle East affairs indicates that the Shiite cleric went last Sunday to cast his vote in the Iraqi elections and within 48 hours obtained the largest bloc in Parliament.
She added that in his victory speech on Monday, al-Sadr combined religion and nationalism with pledges to purge the political system in which his followers were involved.
"Going forward, the government and parties will not control the money and bounties, because they belong to the people," he said.
Cornish said that Sadr, "who promotes himself as a hero for the oppressed... has reproduced himself many times."
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