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Iraqi cleric Sadr wins vote recount: electoral commission

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Nationalist Shiite Moqtada Sadr's alliance won Iraq's legislative election in May according to a manual recount, the electoral commission said today, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the polls.

Allegations of fraud prompted the supreme court to order a partial manual recount, but Sadr's joint list with communists will retain all 54 seats it won to become the biggest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat parliament.

The only change from the recount will be an extra seat for the of pro-Iranian former paramilitary fighters at the expense of a local list.

remains in second place but will have 48 seats instead of 47, Iraq's nine-member electoral commission said.

Haider al-Abadi's bloc remains in third with just 42 seats.

After the supreme court officially announces the final results, the outgoing has 15 days to convene the parliament, which must then elect a new and begin the process for forming a coalition government.

Sadr has already signed a coalition agreement with Shiite Ammar al-Hakim's Al-Hikma list, which will stay on 19 seats after the recount, and the secular outgoing vice-Iyad Allawi, whose list was comprised largely of Sunnis and secured 21 seats.

The May 12 election saw a record low turnout of 44.5 percent, with long-time political figures pushed out by voters seeking change in a country mired in conflict and corruption.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 04:42 IST
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