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Rivals of Iraqi PM 'make gains' in vote count

IANS  |  Baghdad 

Shia rivals of Iraqi have made big gains in the May 12 parliamentary elections, partial results suggest.

With most votes counted, a bloc headed by and another led by a are ahead, the quoted poll officials as saying.

The said Al-Abadi's governing alliance is running third.

The Saturday election was the first since the declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group in 2017.

The final results were due to be announced later on Monday.

The complex electoral system in Iraq's 18 provinces suggested that the final make-up of the 329-member parliament was still far from decided, the said.

Turnout in the election was 44.5 per cent -- much lower than in previous elections.

Iraqis voted for rival lists of candidates. Most of whom are predominantly Shia or Sunni, though the Kurds have their own lists.

The early results reported late on Sunday suggested that Al-Sadr's bloc was ahead. His supporters celebrated in

Al-Sadr came to prominence after the fall of in 2003, as the of young men in a largely poor area of

According to the reports, the group led by veteran Hadi al-Amiri, was in second place.

The Shia-led of Al-Abadi has won praise for the fight against IS militants, and security has vastly improved across the country, the reported.

But despite improved security, was still struggling to rebuild itself after four years of war against IS, the report said.

Many Iraqis were disillusioned by widespread corruption and a weak economy, the BBC added.

The vote came just days after US pulled out of the nuclear deal.

Some Iraqis fear their country could once again become a casualty in any struggle between the US and neighbouring Iran, the BBC said.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 10:38 IST