Iranian IRGC Quds Force Chief Qassem Soleimani Heads to Iraq Following Elections
- Author: Ryan Wade May 16, 2018,
May 16, 2018, 12:39
Because al-Sadr did not run for a seat, he can not become prime minister, but his deputies in parliament are expected to follow his directives. Kirkuk's governor Rakan al-Jubouri has also called for a manual recount of votes, a call supported by Turkmen in the province as well.
Influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc won the most seats, while Badr Brigade head Hadi al-Amiri came in a close second.
His rival, Muqtada al-Sadr, who fought against the American occupation in 2004, is the clear victor in most southern parts of the country as well as in Baghdad, which has the most allocated seats.
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Populist Shiite religious scholar Moqtada Sadr Tuesday eyed a governing coalition after dealing a blow to both Iranian and USA influence with a shock election triumph that upended Iraqi politics.
Unlike Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, Sadr is an opponent of both countries, which have wielded influence in Iraq since a US -led invasion toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 and thrust the Shiite majority into power.
But even then, his bloc might not necessarily form the next government.
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While speculation swirls, the next concrete step remains completing the vote count and firming up the final makeup of Iraq's new 329-seat parliament.
Abadi - who got here to energy as IS swept throughout Iraq in 2014 - has been a consensus determine who balanced off the USA and Iran.
Sadr has reinvented himself as an anti-graft crusader after rising to prominence as a strong militia chief whose group waged a bloody insurgency towards USA forces after the 2003 invasion. The government should be formed within 90 days of the official results.
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Although Saturday's election was largely peaceful, less than half of the country's 24.5 million voters headed to polling stations - the lowest turnout since the country's first multiparty elections in 2005.
"I can just say the independent high electoral commission - that's basically the Iraqi equivalent of the federal election commission - they are investigating". Full results are due to be officially announced later on Monday.
"The Iraqi people had an election".
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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.