Sadr eyes Govt as poll upset rocks Iraq

Casey Dawson
May 16, 2018

In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, tensions peaked when the city governor, Rakan Al Jubouri, and the head of the Turkmen Front, Arshad Al Salehi, demanding a manual recount of the votes and reiterating the issues with the electronic polling machines.

Also on Tuesday, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) called on IHEC to recount votes manually due to concerns from some Kurdish political parties over the preliminary elections results in the Kurdistan Region. Although al-Sadr won't be prime minister because he himself didn't run in the election, he will have the power to name the next leader-and this could seriously influence Iraq's politics and policies.

Whereas lengthy railing towards the USA, the populist firebrand has additionally distanced himself from its key rival Iran, drawing nearer to regional Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

But even then, his bloc might not necessarily form the next government.

Seats in parliament will be allocated proportionally to coalitions once all votes are counted.

MacCallum added that Trump's top military officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford Jr. both seek to continue to work with the Iraqi government in a constructive way.

Over the weekend, Iraqis voted in the first general election since the country declared victory over Islamic State previous year.

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Abadi - who got here to energy as IS swept throughout Iraq in 2014 - has been a consensus determine who balanced off the USA and Iran.

Voter turnout was at a low 44 percent, 15 percent lower than the turnout in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

The Reformist Shargh newspaper wrote that the surprising results of the Iraqi elections may signal a greater Saudi influence in Baghdad.

Reuters could not independently verify the document's authenticity but the results in it for the 16 announced provinces were in line with those announced by the commission. By the end of the announcement, al-Sadr's list had the highest popular vote, followed by al-Amiri's.

"Given the unexpected results that Nasr achieved, the chance of Abadi becoming the [next] prime minister has decreased, especially since the [coalition] under his leadership came in fifth in Baghdad", argued Tasnim. More than 2 million people are displaced by war, majority Sunnis.

Winning the largest number of seats does not automatically guarantee that Sadr will be able to hand-pick a prime minister. The other winning blocks, though, will have to approve his nomination. Iran has publicly stated it will not allow his bloc to govern.

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