Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

How Iraq election frontrunner Muqtada al-Sadr tapped widespread frustration

How Iraq election frontrunner Muqtada al-Sadr tapped widespread frustration

According to the same source, the Al-Wataniya coalition, led by Iyad Allawi, won 29 seats; the State of Law coalition, led by Nuri al-Maliki, picked up 24 seats; the Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, clinched 23 seats; the National Wisdom Movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, won 22 seats; and the Al-Qarar coalition, led by Osama al-Nujaifi, captured 18 seats.

Coming a close second in the national vote was the Fateh bloc of Hadi al-Amiri, whose Iran-backed paramilitary force played a prominent role in defeating Islamic State during years of fighting, Saeroon and Fateh each lead in four provinces out of 10.

While Sadr is unlikely to totally disavow any of Iraq's allies, both the USA and Iran will be sad to see more easily controlled leaders replaced with more independent ones, and that could have a long-term drag on relations.

While long railing against the USA, the nationalist firebrand has also distanced himself from its key rival Iran, drawing closer to regional Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

The head of the list is Hadi al-Ameri, a long-time ally of Tehran, whose forces ended up battling alongside the United States to oust the jihadists.

Despite a setback, Abadi might still be granted a second term in office by parliament and on Monday he called on all political blocs to respect the results, suggesting he was willing to work with Sadr to form a government.

Shiite preacher Sadr - who did not stand as a candidate and therefore can not head the government - appears set to play kingmaker after years on the sidelines.

Iraq's many political factions mean a government may only be formed after drawn out negotiations.

Iraqi election authorities were expected to announce final results Wednesday.

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The electoral surprise comes with tensions surging between the U.S. and Iran after Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, sparking fears of a destabilising power struggle over Iraq.

An election commission source said Abadi's Nasr (Victory) coalition was the frontrunner, followed by another Shiite bloc headed by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Abadi - who got here to energy as IS swept throughout Iraq in 2014 - is a consensus determine who has balanced off the US and Iran. Reuters calculations based on the document showed Sadr had won the nationwide popular vote with more than 1.3m votes and gained 54 of parliament's 329 seats.

Crowds of mainly young people waved flags and pictures of the populist nationalist cleric Sadr while fireworks fired off into the night sky. Three million people were eligible to vote in the Kurdistan Region.

"We're finished with corruption and the corrupt, we have suffered for years, now every part will change", added one other supporter in a black t-shirt.

In the cleric's impoverished Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad residents said they were hoping for improvements after the elections.

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against IS - with donors already pledging $30 billion (25 billion euros).

Over two million folks stay internally displaced throughout the nation and IS - whereas weakened - nonetheless has the aptitude to launch lethal assaults.

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