Analysis-Iraqi voters spurn Iran’s allies, but Tehran could still fight for clout

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By John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi voters delivered a sharp rebuke to Iran’s allies in an election this week, but loosening the grip of Shi’ite militia from control of the state will still be a politically delicate goal, with the threat of violence always in the background. The main winner of the election was Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a populist who has positioned himself as a staunch opponent of both Iran and the United States. Sadr proclaimed the result a “victory by the people over … militias”. There was elation among his supporters. “The most important thin…

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