Iraq prime minister wins vote in Mosul province

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16 May, 2018

Counting was still ongoing three days after the first parliamentary poll since the defeat of the Islamic State group, but the fiery Shiite preacher´s grouping was in the lead with 16 of 18 provinces tallied.

Sadr has led two uprisings against US forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shiite leaders to distance himself from Iran. Today, he's rebranded himself as a populist outsider who will fight corruption and Iran's interference in Iraqi affairs.

"The voter turnout was poor and in some areas where the elections were held, militias prevented people from voting or forced them to vote for certain lists", a spokeswoman for Wataniya's told The National. Sadr has ruled himself out of becoming prime minister.

Al-Sadr commands his own militia that fought against IS militants, but he has disavowed any Iranian and USA influence in Iraq, and he has called for the full withdrawal of US troops. More than 2 million people are displaced by war, a lot of them Sunnis.

The result of the election was a ruthless setback.

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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Al-Abadi said at the least, a manual recount should be held in the northern province of Kirkuk after accusations of fraud and faulty machines were made there.

Although the final results have already been declared by the Independent High Electoral Commission, the drama of the election is far from over.

Also on Tuesday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) called on IHEC to recount votes manually due to concerns from some Kurdish political parties over the preliminary elections results in the Kurdistan Region.

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.

Iraqi firebrand political figure Muqtada al-Sadr is set to be announced the surprise victor of the country's elections and prepared for his new status as government titan by making a call for national unity.

Reuters calculations based on the document showed Sadr had won the nationwide popular vote with over 1.3 million votes and gained around 54 of parliament's 329 seats. Almost 2,600 women ran for office this year.


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