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Iraqi Election Results

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

They surprised, not turning out the way most observers expected, final results announced by Iraq’s electoral commission on Saturday.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won 54 of 329 seats, the  Hadi al-Amiri alliance 47 seats, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s bloc finishing third with 42 seats.

Sadr wasn’t a candidate so can’t serve as prime minister. His coalition finishing first makes him a possible kingmaker in talks to decide who’ll lead Iraq’s government for the next four years.

He’s hostile to Iran, along with US-led Western interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.

Relishing his triumph, he tweeted: “Reform is victorious and corruption is diminishing,” a remark unrelated to hard reality in the country – victimized by its oil wealth, Washington wanting control of its reserves.

Weeks of hard bargaining lie ahead. Winning the most number of seats, Sadr has the advantage over rivals – yet not at all assured of being able to pick a prime minister, Abadi over Amiri his likely choice.

Before the election, Iran expressed opposition to Sadr’s bloc.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp General Qassem Soleimani is holding talks in Baghdad, promoting formation of a new government friendly to the Islamic Republic.

Talks could go on for weeks up to 90 days before a new one is formed – Abadi the favorite to remain prime minister, an outcome by no means certain.

Over 7,000 candidates competed in week ago elections. A new parliament will choose a Shia prime minister, a Kurdish largely ceremonial president, and a Sunni parliament speaker.

Once Iraq’s Supreme Court certifies election results, parliament is required to meet within 15 days – forming a new government to follow through hard bargaining.

For long-suffering Iraqis, their decades-long ordeal won’t end as long as Washington wants control over the country’s leadership and oil wealth.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.