Abadi leading in election, Sadr strong

Abadi leading in election, Sadr strong

Abadi leading in election, Sadr strong

"We hope the election results will bring the best to the brotherly people of Iraq, who have suffered from great pain and distress for many years", the ministry said. The alliance is headed by Hadi al-Amiri, a former minister of transport with close ties to Iran who became a senior commander of paramilitary fighters in the fight against the Islamic State extremist group.

The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq's Sunni minority.

Millions of Iraqis went to 8,959 polling centers across the country on Saturday to vote for their parliamentary representatives in the first general election after Iraq's historic victory over the Islamic State (IS) group last December.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Sunday ordered Iraqi forces to enforce security in northern Iraq's Kurdish region, following violent protests in the wake of the country's parliamentary polls.

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Results are expected to be announced within 24 hours after the voting ends.

The army, police forces, prisoners, hospital patients and Iraqi citizens overseas had already voted on Thursday.

His chief rivals are political parties with closer ties to Iran, as well as the influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a staunch nationalist who campaigned against government corruption. Sadr's father, highly respected Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq Al Sadr, was murdered in 1999 for defying Saddam Hussein. The commission gave no indication on when further results would be announced.

Seats in parliament can be allotted proportionately to coalitions as soon as all votes are counted.

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Al-Sadr commanded fighters within the conflict in opposition to the IS group and headed a robust militia that fought US forces in Iraq previous to 2011, however his 2018 marketing campaign targeted on social points and eliminating authorities corruption. Overall, just under 7,000 candidates stood in the nationwide and Iraq's complex system means no single bloc is likely to get anything near a majority in parliament.

Turnout for the Iraq election is the lowest for 15 years with only 44.5% of people casting a vote.

If parliament chooses him as prime minister, Abadi will remain under pressure to maintain that balancing act amid tensions between Washington and Tehran over the nuclear accord.

Dozens of alliances ran for workplace in these elections and months of negotiations are anticipated earlier than anybody alliance can pull collectively the 165 required seats.

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The constitution sets a quota for female representation, stating that no less than one-fourth of parliament members must be women.

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