Iraqi Parliamentary Election:

Initial Results Indicate Muqtada al-Sadr Victory

8:56 - October 12, 2021
News ID: 3476001
TEHRAN (IQNA) – According to the initial results, the block of Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has won 73 seats in the Parliamentary election.

Based to these results, the bloc with the highest number of seats in Parliament is al-Sadr bloc with 73 seats, followed by the bloc Takadom with (38) seats, Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported on Monday night.

The State of Law bloc came in third place with 37 seats in parliament.

Following the release of the preliminary results, the cleric broadcast a live speech on state television, declaring victory and promising a nationalist government free of foreign interference, according to PressTV.

“We welcome all embassies that do not interfere in Iraq's internal affairs,” said Sadr, who opposes all foreign interference in Iraq, adding that celebrations would take place in the streets “without weapons.”

The Shia scholar, who has been a dominant figure in Iraqi politics since the US invasion in 2003, has boosted his power in the Arab country since coming first in the 2018 election, in which his coalition - the biggest bloc Sairoon - secured 54 seats.

The Iraqi people voted in their country’s parliamentary elections on Sunday to decide the 329 members of the Council of Representatives who will, in turn, elect the president and confirm the prime minister.

More than 25 million citizens on Sunday were eligible to vote on Sunday. More than 3,240 candidates were in the running, including 950 women.

One-quarter of the seats are reserved for female candidates, and nine for minorities including Christians and Izadis.


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