Saturday, May 19, 2018

Moqtada Al-Sadr's Alliance Wins Iraq Election

Moqtada Al-Sadr's Alliance Wins Iraq Election
A political bloc led by Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has won the Arab country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

Sadr himself cannot become prime minister as he did not run in the election, though his bloc’s victory puts him in a position to have a strong say in negotiations. His Sairoon electoral list captured 54 parliamentary seats, Reuters reported.

The Al-Fatih bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri, that played a key role in defeating Daesh, came in second with 47 seats.

The Victory Alliance, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, took third place with 42.

The victory was a surprising change of fortunes. The cleric, who made his name leading two violent uprisings against US occupation troops, was sidelined for years by his rivals.

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

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