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The ever-shifting landscape of Iraq’s electoral results

19 9 3

Twenty-four hours after Iraq’s fourth parliamentary election concluded, global commentators and Iraqis together celebrated what they view to be “big developments”.

The victory sealed by the Sairoon alliance between the Sadrist Movement and the Iraqi Communist Party has been the hottest trending topic since polls closed.

Big parties came out on top with Sairoon assuming the lead followed by Fateh, a coalition of paramilitary Shia militia groups headed by Badr Corps commander and former transport minister Hadi Al-Ameri. Occupying the third and fourth rank is Iraq’s incumbent Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and predecessor Nouri Al-Maliki.

Ayad Allawi’s cross-sectarian coalition, ‘Wataniya, trailed not far behind despite his calls for the results to be dropped; alleging widespread voter fraud and rigging. Further down the list two parties stood neck to neck, Ammar Al-Hakim’s own Hikma (wisdom) party and Sunni Qarar Al-Iraqi (Iraq’s decision) list. Last but not least is Iraq’s Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), securing more votes........

© Middle East Monitor