Partial Results Put Sadr's Alliance Ahead In Iraq Vote; Abadi Trails

14 May, 2018, 13:18 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Iraqis vote in 1st election since Daesh defeat

Partial results have shown that cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance is in the lead of Iraq's parliamentary elections.

Official results are expected to be announced by the end of Monday, 48 hours after polling stations around the country closed.

The Shia-led government of Al-Abadi has won praise for the fight against IS militants, and security has vastly improved across the country, the BBC reported. Sadr has kept Tehran at a distance.

Al-Abadi sought to retain his post as prime minister after overseeing the military defeat of the IS movement, but faced stiff competition from his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, as well as al-Sadr and the Fatah alliance of candidates with paramilitary ties.

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first election since the defeat of Islamic State militants inside the country.

As stated by the reviews, the group headed by veteran militia leader Hadi Al Amiri, was at second place.

Unofficial results compiled by Reuters reporters in southern provinces also indicated that Sadr, a firebrand cleric who led a violent uprising against United States troops from 2003-2011, appeared to be making a strong showing.

In the aftermath of the election, however, parties across the board raised concerns regarding voter fraud, claiming the new electronic device not only failed to prevent fraud from taking place but, instead, made it easier to tamper with votes.

Many Iraqis were disillusioned by widespread government corruption and a weak economy, the BBC added.

Sadr has a zealous following among the young, poor and dispossessed but had been sidelined by influential Iranian-backed figures. Sadr's father, highly respected Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq al-Sadr, was murdered in 1999 for defying Saddam Hussein.

Sadr, an anti-American firebrand with a large following among Baghdad's urban poor, was once leader of the Mahdi Army, which battled USA forces in 2003. His father's cousin, Mohammed Baqir, was killed by Saddam in 1980. It's reportedly supported by Iran. His supporters have fought with U.S. troops in the past.

Abadi was seen by some Iraqis as lacking charisma and ineffective.

Sadr portrays himself as an Iraqi nationalist and past year met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who is staunchly opposed to Iran.

Political power in Iraq is traditionally divided along sectarian lines among the offices of prime minister, president and parliament speaker.



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