Antichrist declared biggest election winner

Iraqi cleric Sadr’s bloc declared biggest election winner

Sadr called for a ‘majority’ government which, analysts say, could include Sunni and Kurdish parties

Iraq’s Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was confirmed on Tuesday as the biggest winner of last month’s parliamentary election, which sparked charges of voter fraud from pro-Iranian factions.

Sadr’s movement won 73 out of the assembly’s 329 seats, the election commission said, following a lengthy manual recount of hundreds of ballot boxes. …

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As the former leader of an anti-US militia who often surprises observers with his political maneuvers, Sadr called for a “majority” government which, analysts say, could include Sunni and Kurdish parties.

A distant runner-up in the Shiite camp with 17 seats was the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance, the political arm of the pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi former paramilitary force, which is now integrated into Iraq’s state security apparatus.

Hashed leaders rejected the preliminary result as a “scam,” and their supporters held street protests chanting “no to fraud.”

Their activists also staged sit-in protests outside Baghdad’s Green Zone district, where the government, the assembly, and many foreign embassies are located.

The final results of the election will now be sent to the federal court for ratification.

Analysts warn that – in a country still recovering from decades of war and chaos, and where most parties have armed wings – political disputes could spark a dangerous escalation.

On November 7, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, leader of the outgoing government, escaped unhurt when an explosive-packed drone hit his Baghdad residence.

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