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FILE – Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, speaks during a mews conference in Najaf, Iraq, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. On Sunday, June 12, 2022, 73 lawmakers from the powerful cleric’s bloc submitted their resignation based on his request, to protest a persisting political deadlock eight months after general elections were held. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File)