The full results of last weekend’s parliamentary elections has been announced by Iraq’s election commission, with Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance dominating the polls.
According to the commission, al-Sadr’s party won 73 seats in the 329-member parliament, followed by the Taqaddum bloc of Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi with 37 seats.
Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law bloc came third with 34 seats in parliament, followed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party with 32 seats.
According to the results, other allocations include the Azem Alliance of Iraqi millionaire Khamis Khanjar, which won 12 seats, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, that obtained 16 seats, the Al-Fatah Coalition, which won 17 seats, the Imtidad Movement and the New Generation Movement, that obtained nine seats each, while independents won 40 seats.
The Iraqi Federal Court has yet to confirm the results, which, according to the election commission, recorded a turnout of 43 percent.
The Al-Fatah Coalition, backed by Iran, has already announced its rejection of the vote results.
The polls saw 3,249 candidates representing 21 coalitions and 109 parties vying for seats in the assembly.
Initially, the elections were scheduled for 2022, however political parties decided to hold early elections following mass protests that erupted in 2019 against deep-seated corruption and poor governance in the country.