Moqtada al-Sadr’s alliance has won Iraq’s parliamentary elections, for the first time, captured 54 parliamentary seats
Sadr’s movement forms the backbone of the Sa’iroun alliance, but the senior Shia cleric himself, who enjoys a strong support, did not contest the elections
The Conquest Alliance, led by former transport minister and secretary general of Badr Organisation Hadi al-Ameri, came in second with 47 seats and the Victory Alliance, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al- Abadi, took the third place with 42 seats
Iraqis voted last Saturday in the first national elections since the country declared complete victory over Daesh.
The electoral commission of Iraq announced that 44.5 percent of those eligible had cast their ballots in the elections
Over 7,000 candidates contested the 329 seats in the parliament that will choose a new president, prime minister and government in Iraq
This is the fourth such polls since the 2003 US invasion that led to a sharp rise in sectarian tensions and ensuing terror-related violence in the Arab country