Latest Baghdad bombings increase sectarian tensions ahead of Wednesday's elections
This latest bloodshed has heightened sectarian tensions to a new extent ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections in which the Shiite-led government is running for re-election. The Sunni minority's animosity toward the current leadership continues to escalate due to economic hardships and reported discrimination and lack of representation politically.
The parliamentary elections slated for this week represent the first polls since U.S. troops withdrew from the country in 2011.
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