Populist cleric Sadr all but wins Iraq parliament election

Shia leader Muqtada al Sadr early campaigning on Najaf waits to reap fruits of parliamentary elections

The surprising upset in elections this weekend by Mr. Sadr's unlikely alliance of communists, Sunni businessmen and pious community activists comes amid long-simmering anger at the established politicians who have controlled government since Iraq's first democratic election in 2005 after the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein.

During the Iraq War, Sadr was a fierce opponent of USA forces in the country, and his followers also clashed with Sunnis in sectarian fighting.

Sadr is an Iraqi nationalist who opposes both the USA and Iran meddling in Iraqi affairs. The elections were held Saturday, with low turnout.

"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.

However, Muqtada al-Sadr is projecting a strong nationalist personality at the moment and is not favored by Iran or the Americans. More than 2 million people are displaced by war, a lot of them Sunnis.

"I call on Iraqis to respect the results of the elections", he said.

An electoral alliance of Hashd-linked candidates, headed by militia commander Hadi al-Amiri, is now in second place in the election returns.

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As if heightened tensions in Syria and Yemen and increased divisions in the U.S-Iran and Iran-Israel relations were not enough, a surprise-albeit still preliminary-election result in OPEC's second-largest producer Iraq could add further tensions to the Saudi-Iran rivalry and could turn Iraq in the next battle for influence in the Middle East, Helima Croft, global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.

He was followed by Amiri with more than 1.2 million votes, translating into around 47 seats, and Abadi with more than 1 million votes and about 42 seats.

An official on the US State Division remained coy forward of the definitive tally, telling AFP "we're awaiting the announcement of the official outcomes and stay up for the formation of the brand new authorities".

Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr puts his ballot through an electronic counting machine into a ballot box at poll station in the central holy city of Najaf.

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

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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