Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Iraq prime minister wins vote in Mosul province

Iraq prime minister wins vote in Mosul province

Shia Muslim alliance Saima, of Muqtada al-Sadr, won the general elections in Iraq, after counting 91 percent of votes in 16 of the country " s 18 provinces, it was reported here today. Victory for the veteran nationalist´s Marching Towards Reform alliance with Iraq´s communists - pitched an anti-corruption outsider force - would be a slap in the face for Iraq´s widely reviled ruling establishment.

Will not enter the coalition and the movement "For the rule of law", headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The results there, which may be delayed due to tensions between local parties, will not affect Sadr's standing.

Regardless of the end result, there appears set to be prolonged horse-trading between the principle political forces earlier than any new premier and a coalition authorities could be put in.

Kurdish opposition parties, backed by their gunmen, demand another vote amid accusations of fraud.

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"I can just say the independent high electoral commission - that's basically the Iraqi equivalent of the federal election commission - they are investigating". Despite that, al-Sadr's sophisticated political machine mobilized his loyal base of followers to go to the polls.

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Erbil.

The Reformist Shargh newspaper wrote that the surprising results of the Iraqi elections may signal a greater Saudi influence in Baghdad. "And we stand with the Iraqi people's decisions".

Supporters in his impoverished Baghdad stronghold, Sadr City, were hopeful that victory could spell improvements.

Sadr has reinvented himself as an anti-graft crusader after rising to prominence as a strong militia chief whose group waged a bloody insurgency towards USA forces after the 2003 invasion.

Abadi - a consensus figure favoured by the United States - had been seen as likely frontrunner after declaring victory over the militants five months ago.

"The voter turnout was poor and in some areas where the elections were held, militias prevented people from voting or forced them to vote for certain lists", a spokeswoman for Wataniya's told The National. "The commission must be changed so that future votes are held under better conditions", the spokesman said. Al-Maliki is considered the epitome of corruption that engulfed Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

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