Baghdad, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) A recount of the votes in the Iraqi parliamentary elections ratified the triumph of the coalition led by the Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, after the results were released today.
Sadr’s bloc, Sairoon, retained 54 of the 329 seats in dispute, according to the Independent Elections Commission of Iraq.
The review of the ballots covered 13 of the 18 provinces of this country due to allegations of fraud, which is why the Parliament ordered a recount of the votes.
Meanwhile, al-Fatih alliance, headed by Hadi al-Amiri, gained an additional seat and went from 47 to 48, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s al-Nasr bloc remained in third place with 42.
The winning parties of the consultation remain involved in negotiations to form the next government, without any sign of an imminent conclusion.
That uncertainty creates more tensions in the population that aspires to an improvement of basic services, of job offers and to accelerate the reconstruction of the country destroyed by a three-year war with the terrorist group Islamic State.
The Sairoon movement threatened Friday to remain in the opposition, instead of supporting the formation of the government, in case the other parties do not support 40 demands demanded by the cleric Sadr.
Claims include the rejection of sectarian quotas, the handing over of ministries to previous holders, the installation of deputies of dual citizenship and the expulsion of corrupt officials.
Popular anger over the prevailing situation is reflected in frequent protests in the southern provinces, in which predominantly Shiite Muslim confession, which is supported by the main leader of that religious variant, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
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