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Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani

Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric calls for prime minister to be chosen by Tuesday

BAGHDAD: The most influential Shi'ite cleric in Iraq called on the country's leaders on Friday to choose a prime minister within the next four days, a dramatic political intervention that could hasten the end of Nuri al-Maliki's eight year rule. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who commands unswerving loyalty from many Shi'ites in Iraq and beyond, said political blocs should agree on the next premier, parliament speaker and president before a newly elected legislature meets on Tuesday. Sistani's intervention makes it difficult…