Coalition led by Muqtada al Sadr wins Iraqi election

Coalition led by Muqtada al Sadr wins Iraqi election

Projecting himself as an Iraqi nationalist, Sadr has a zealous following among the young, poor and dispossessed, but he had been sidelined by influential Iran-backed figures. USA -backed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tallied just over 1 million votes and will control 42 seats, and former US puppet Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki - who turned on the USA and cozied up to Iran - placed fourth and holds about 25 seats. Since the first elections following Saddam's ouster, the Shiite majority has held the position of prime minister, while the Kurds have held the presidency and the Sunnis have held the post of parliament speaker.

Under article 76 of Iraq's constitution, the right to form a government falls to the political bloc with the most seats.

Seats in parliament will be allocated proportionately to coalitions once all votes are counted.

Saturday's election is the first since the defeat of ISIL a year ago.

Some 5,000 American troops are in Iraq supporting local forces in the battle against IS, a Sunni Muslim jihadist group.

Voter turnout was at a low 44 percent, 15 percent lower than the turnout in the 2014 parliamentary elections.


The final results are due to be announced later on Monday, triggering what are expected to be lengthy negotiations to form a new coalition government.

A document provided to Reuters by a candidate in Baghdad that was also circulating among journalists and analysts showed results from all 18 provinces. It included full returns from only 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the provinces of Baghdad and Basra. Former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a close ally of Iran like Amiri, came in fourth with around 25 seats.

But after 14 years, more than $1 trillion, millions of Iraqi dead and thousands of US troops killed and maimed, the USA now has less influence over Iraq than it had while former Central Intelligence Agency operative Saddam Hussein was in power. The other winning blocs would have to agree on the nomination.

A similar fate could befall Sadr.

"The recent proximity of Muqtada al-Sadr to Saudi Arabia has led the Sairoon Alliance to be partly considered as a group backed by the Saudis and ... to some extent means greater influence of Saudi Arabia [in Iraq] compared to its regional rivals", wrote Shargh on May 15, adding, "Sadr's supporters are opposed to Iranian influence and are vehemently anti-American".

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