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Analysts Ponder Sistani's Leadership of Shiite Iraqis

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Analysts Ponder Sistani's Leadership of Shiite Iraqis

Analysts Ponder Sistani's Leadership of Shiite Iraqis

Analysts Ponder Sistani's Leadership of Shiite Iraqis

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Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani continues to push for direct elections to choose the new Iraqi interim government. As the United Nations plans to send a team to see if elections are indeed feasible, some wonder if Sistani has enough influence to hold the Shiite community together. NPR's Anne Garrels reports.