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US Strikes Supportive Note as Former Foe Leads in Iraqi Election

16 May 2018, 12:40 | Colleen Roy

Mouqtada Sadr during the general election in Baghdad on Monday

Mouqtada Sadr during the general election in Baghdad on Monday

Despite winning the popular vote and controlling the most seats, Sadr will not become prime minister because he did not run in the election, but his victory puts him in position to choose someone for the job.

In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, tensions peaked when the city governor, Rakan Al Jubouri, and the head of the Turkmen Front, Arshad Al Salehi, demanding a manual recount of the votes and reiterating the issues with the electronic polling machines.

Shia Muslim alliance Saima, of Muqtada al-Sadr, won the general elections in Iraq, after counting 91 percent of votes in 16 of the country " s 18 provinces, it was reported here today.

Also in the mix is ex-prime minister Nuri al Maliki, a divisive figure blamed for losing territory to Daesh and stirring sectarianism, who has cultivated ties with Iran.

The electoral commission said it would release the remainder of the results on Tuesday.

An alliance headed by nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr and a rival bloc of pro-Iranian former fighters appeared to surge yesterday in surprise preliminary results from Iraq's first poll since the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.




Al-Sadr commands the devotion of millions of Iraqis who have sent their sons and husbands to fight for his militia from the early days of the US occupation.

Some prominent politicians now believe that al-Abadi is still the favorite to form the next government despite losing.

Seats in parliament will be allocated proportionately to coalitions once all votes are counted. The government should be formed within 90 days of the official results. The group overran a third of Iraq in 2014.

The poll noticed a report low turnout, as exclusively 44.5 % of eligible voters headed to the polls within the lowest participation fee because the 2003 US-led ouster of Saddam Hussein. Full results are due to be officially announced later on Monday.

Within the cleric's impoverished Sadr Metropolis neighbourhood in Baghdad residents mentioned they have been hoping for enhancements after the elections.

Meanwhile, conservative Tasnim News Agency reported on May 15 that Sadr is seeking to reach a coalition with Ammar al-Hakim's Hikma (National Wisdom Movement) and Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National Alliance Coalition to form a "technocrat" government.



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