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16 May 2018, 12:38 | Rufus Hill
Moqtada al-Sadr poised for victory in Iraqi election
The race to become Iraq's next prime minister appears wide open as Muqtada al Sadr's alliance looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of Daesh.
Sadr has reinvented himself as an anti-graft crusader after rising to prominence as a powerful militia chief whose fighters battled U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion. The elections were held Saturday, with low turnout.
O'Neill warned that such a situation could be tenuous if America's former "enemy number one" is able to choose the next prime minister.
However, Muqtada al-Sadr is projecting a strong nationalist personality at the moment and is not favored by Iran or the Americans.
The remaining uncounted ballots, mostly from Iraqis overseas, the security services, and internally displaced people voting in camps and elsewhere, might change the final seat tallies but only marginally.
The result of the election was a ruthless setback.
Al-Sadr refused to form a coalition with supporters of Iran
Subsequent within the working was the Conquest Alliance, made up of ex-fighters from primarily Iran-backed paramilitary models that battled IS, with outcomes placing them forward in 4 provinces and second in eight others.
"So we raise the Bayariq (Banners) of al-Nasr (Victory), and let Baghdad, the capital, be Hawiyatuna (Baghdad Is Our Identity) and for our Hirakuna (Movement) Democratic (possibly KDP) towards the formation of a paternal government from technocratic Kawadur (Cadres) without partisanship". 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.
"I can just say the independent high electoral commission - that's basically the Iraqi equivalent of the federal election commission - they are investigating". By the end of the announcement, al-Sadr's list had the highest popular vote, followed by al-Amiri's.
Seats in parliament will be allocated proportionately to coalitions once all votes are counted.
Celebrations erupted in Baghdad's Sadr City, an impoverished quarter that is home to some 3 million people and is named after the cleric's late father, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadq al-Sadr. Despite that, al-Sadr's sophisticated political machine mobilized his loyal base of followers to go to the polls.
It is the only province so far to give a plurality of votes to al-Abadi, who has performed poorly in this year's parliamentary elections.
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