Iraq is set for another round of provincial elections in April 2012. After a confusing run in the last voting in 2009, Moqtada al-Sadr is hoping to bounce back with a strong showing throughout the country. In preparation for that he has announced primaries to pick candidates for his party, and increased his rhetoric against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in an attempt to differentiate himself from the government. This is setting up a competition between the premier’s State of Law list and the Sadrists for control of the Shiite vote next year.