Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes lead in Iraq parliamentary election

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes lead in Iraq parliamentary election

Muqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq's parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, a surprise comeback for the powerful nationalist Shia cleric.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Muqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq's parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, a surprise comeback for the powerful nationalist Shia cleric.

According to Iraqi electoral commission on early Monday, Sadr's alliance with communists is closely followed by the Conquest Alliance led by former PMU commander Hadi al-Ameri.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's Victory Alliance is in third place.

The announced results are from 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the capital Baghdad and Basra.

The commission did not announce how many seats each grouping had gained and said it would do so on Monday after announcing the results from the remaining provinces.

Mr Abadi, came in third in six provinces but ran fifth in Baghdad.

The ranking of these blocs can still change with results yet to be announced from eight provinces, including Nineveh, which has the second-largest number of seats after Baghdad.

Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first national elections since the country declared complete victory over the terrorist Daesh group.

The electoral commission of Iraq announced that 44.5 percent of those eligible had cast their ballots in the elections.

Final results are expected on later Monday. Over 7,000 candidates contested 329 seats in the parliament that will choose a new president, premier and government in Iraq.


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