Iraq PM Congratulates Sadr on Election Win, Suggests Need for Recount

by Antonio Miles May 16, 2018, 12:40
Iraq PM Congratulates Sadr on Election Win, Suggests Need for Recount

Sadr, 44, led an alliance of several groups, including Sunni businessmen and Communists.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he stands by Iraqis' electoral choices, despite the surprise success of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr - who fought US troops during the Iraq War.

"Given the unexpected results that Nasr achieved, the chance of Abadi becoming the [next] prime minister has decreased, especially since the [coalition] under his leadership came in fifth in Baghdad", argued Tasnim.

"I call on Iraqis to respect the results of the elections", he said.

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. It says it will announce the remaining results Tuesday.

O'Neill said the Washington Post recently labeled al-Sadr a political "maverick" as his coalition seeks to unseat incumbent Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

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The votes in the Kurdish provinces of Dohuk and Kirkuk are still to be counted, but their results will not affect al-Sadr's victory.

He was followed by Amiri with more than 1.2 million votes, translating into around 47 seats, and Abadi with more than 1 million votes and about 42 seats.

Celebrations erupted in Baghdad's Sadr City, an impoverished quarter that is home to about 3 million people and is named after the cleric's father, Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, who was killed by suspected agents of Saddam Hussein in 1999. Despite that, al-Sadr's sophisticated political machine mobilized his loyal base of followers to go to the polls.

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.

Political power in Iraq is traditionally divided along sectarian lines among the offices of prime minister, president and parliament speaker.

Disparagement of electronic voting devices, used at Iraqi polling stations for the first time on Saturday, has become a common rallying cry to candidates and members of parties that got few votes in a country where there was already little faith in the national electoral system. Almost 2,600 women ran for office this year.


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