According to preliminary results of Iraq’s parliamentary election, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s alliance with communists has obtained 54 of 329 parliamentary seats, Iraqi Kurdistan’s NRT News reported on May 15.
The Fatah Coalition led by a member of the Iraqi parliament Hadi al-Amiri, held the second place earning 47 seats.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s Victory Alliance trailed in third position, obtaining 42 seats.
The State of Law Coalition gained 25 seats followed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) with 23 seats.
Wataniya Alliance obtained 21 seats, Hikma Coalition of President of the Islamic Supreme Council Amar al-Hakim gained 19 seats.
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) gained 17 seats followed by Al-Qarar Al-Iraqi Alliance with 13 seats.
The Al-Anbar Is Our Identity coalition obtained 6 seats and Change Movement possessed 5 seats.
New Generation Movement gained 4 seats. The Kurdistan Islamic Group obtained 3 seats, both Kurdistan Islamic Union and the Coalition for Democracy and Justice gained 2 seats.
However, Sadr’s alliance with communists will still need to possess support, if he intends to form a coalition government.
According to the Independent High Electoral Commission, around 10.8 million Iraqis of 24 million eligible voters took part in the election, with a turnout of 44.52 %.
Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission had to announce the results 48 hours after the election, but the announcement was delayed due to the incident in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. On May 16, several gunmen besieged some polling stations containing election staff, Reuters reported.
Al-Abadi claimed to recount the votes after “accusations of fraud and faulty machines” in Kirkuk.
Thus, Iraq’s election results are expected on May 17.
On May 12, Iraq held parliamentary election, the first one since Iraq declared the victory over ISIS. During the days after, Sadr’s alliance was holding the leading position.
Sadr became widely known after he had been in the head of two revolts against the US forces in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Then, Washington even called the Shia militia loyal to Sadr the biggest threat to Iraq’s security.
Preliminary results of #Iraqi parliamentary election (Source: NRT):
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