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Iraq's Shia cleric Sadr front-runner in partial election results

17 May 2018, 01:58 | Colleen Roy

Iraq prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be ahead in poll

2018 people dismantle campaign posters for parliamentary candidates in Ramadi Iraq. The vote Saturday saw a record low turnout with 44 percent of eligible voters casting ballots

His ascendancy comes at the expense of incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the preferred candidate of the United States, who came in third.

Turnout in the election was 44.5% - much lower than in previous elections.

BAGHDAD — The surprisingly strong showing of a ticket backed by maverick cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in Iraqi elections over the weekend will force USA officials to recalculate how best to proceed in the region at an especially sensitive moment. His supporters celebrated in Baghdad.

The low turnout and obvious sturdy displaying for the extra anti-establishment blocs confirmed that many Iraqis are fed up with the political elite that has dominated the nation for the reason that US-led invasion. By the end of the announcement, al Sadr's list had the highest popular vote, followed by al Amiri's. Sadr's father, highly respected Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, was murdered in 1999 for defying Saddam Hussein.

As in Muqtada al Sadr, the Shiite cleric who is best known as a one-time - and possibly future - US foe who may have finally outfoxed the Americans, Iranians, and Iraq's political elite to become the supreme political power in Iraq.

Sadr has a zealous following among the young, poor and dispossessed but had been sidelined by influential Iranian-backed figures.

Iraq prime minister Haider al-Abadi appears to be ahead in poll

Within the years after 2003 invasion of Iraq, Sadr and the militia he managed grew to become a serious thorn within the facet of United States army, waging a brutal and expensive insurgency towards coalition troops.

Al Sadr commanded fighters in the war against the Daesh group and headed a powerful militia that fought USA forces in Iraq prior to 2011, but his 2018 campaign focused on social issues and eliminating government corruption.

Among the traditional powerbrokers looking set to lose big at the election was divisive former premier Nuri al-Maliki, who remains widely reviled for the loss of territory to IS.

The poll Saturday noticed a document low turnout, as exclusively 44.5 % of eligible voters headed to the polls within the lowest participation fee for the reason that 2003 US-led ouster of Saddam Hussein.

Iraq's many political factions mean a government may only be formed after drawn out negotiations. He had no powerful political machine of his own when he took office. Most are predominantly Shia or Sunni, though the Kurds have their own lists. Almost 2,600 women are running for office this year.






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