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    Iraq's Prime Minister Creates Electoral Bloc to Take Part in Parliamentary Vote

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    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced on Sunday the creation of an electoral bloc dubbed "Victory Alliance" to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary election, a statement released by Abadi's press service said.

    "The 'Victory Alliance' will work for the benefit of all Iraqis, will strengthen unity and sovereignty of the state. The 'Victory Alliance' will move forward protecting the victory [over the Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in Russia] and the memory about the fallen, as well as fighting against corruption," the statement said.

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    The statement means that Abadi and Iraqi ex-Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, who are both the members of the Islamic Dawa Party, will represent separate election blocs, as the ex-head of the government has also announced his intention to participate in the vote heading the State of Law Coalition.

    ​The election in the Middle Eastern country will take place on May 12.

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