Monday, May 14, 2018

Shiite cleric Sadr takes lead in Iraq parliamentary election

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
The political coalition of influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr took an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission.

An alliance of candidates linked to Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitary groups was in second. The alliance is headed by Hadi al-Amiri, a former minister of transport with close ties to Iran who became a senior commander of paramilitary fighters in the fight against the Islamic State extremist group.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.

The announcement came just over 24 hours after polls closed across the country amid record low voter turnout. It included full returns from only 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the provinces of Baghdad and Basra.

  • An Iraqi political coalition, led by Vice President Ayad Allawi, on Sunday called for a re-vote of the May 12 parliamentary election due to low turnout of Iraqi voters and irregularities.

Allawi's al-Wataniyah (National) Coalition "called for a re-vote, while seeing the current government as a caretaker government until appropriate conditions are set for the holding of elections that will reflect the aspirations of our people," said the coalition in a statement.

The coalition said the call was due to the "low turnout of the Iraqi people in the elections, spread of violence, fraud, deception and the purchase of votes."

Late on Saturday, Iraq's Independent Electoral Commission (IHEC) said that the turnout in the parliamentary election during the day has reached 44.5 percent, while votes of over 4,000 polling stations were still uncounted.

1 comment :

  1. The final results of the parliamentary election are expected to be revealed later on Sunday or on Monday.
    Meanwhile, the Nasr election coalition of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi is leading in Saturday’s Iraqi parliamentary vote, a source in the group’s headquarters told Sputnik on Sunday.

    "We are leading on the Iraqi level. We have received the majority of votes in Mosul, Baghdad, and a number of other provinces," the source said, calling for waiting until the official results of the election are released.


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