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Iraq: The winning parties are consulting to form alliances

Iraq: The winning parties are consulting to form alliances

Huda Jassim (Baghdad)

Yesterday, the winning parties in the Iraqi elections began meetings in the capital, Baghdad, to consult on forming alliances, according to a source close to the private office of the leader of the “Sadr movement”, who won 73 seats in parliament, topping the results of the elections held yesterday.
According to the source, al-Sadr told his team to prepare 6 candidates for prime minister within a week, amid efforts to agree on one of them.
For his part, Nuri al-Maliki, who won 37 seats through his “State of Law” coalition, held a meeting of political leaders at his home to discuss the electoral merits and its initial results. Sources indicated that “the meeting formed an alliance that amounted to 76 deputies”, with the aim of forming the largest parliamentary bloc.
According to the sources, the expected coalition includes “State of Law” and “Azm”, which won 15 seats, along with “Al-Fateh”, which won 14 seats, Babylon with five seats, and two seats from the “Equity and Rights” coalition.
Yesterday, Al-Sadr announced that his current is the largest bloc, warning against the interference of “embassies” in forming the next government, and called for arms to be confined to the hands of the state, even for those who claim “resistance.”
For his part, head of the Center for Political Thinking, Ihsan al-Shammari, said that the preliminary results of the elections for the majority of Iraqis are encouraging, but they constituted a great shock to the armed factions. For its part, the White House yesterday congratulated the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi for holding the early elections, pointing out that Washington is waiting for the confirmed final results.
Al-Kazemi, who held the position for one term, did not run in the elections, but it is possible that the winning parties in Parliament will agree to nominate him for a second term.
The voters in Iraq dealt a blow to the armed factions in the elections, hoping to loosen their grip on the joints of the state.
Al-Sadr spread joy and happiness among his supporters when he announced that the result was “the victory of the people over…the militias.”
Al-Sadr’s bloc, which is already the largest in the 329-seat parliament, expanded its representative base to 73 seats, up from 54 in the previous parliament. The “Al-Fateh” coalition, its main competitor for years, which includes factions linked to armed groups, collapsed after its parliamentary representation shrank to 14 seats, down from 48.
Unusually, a united Sunni bloc, led by former Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi, came in second place. It is also interesting that all speculation about the supremacy of the old parties collapsed in front of new groups of reformers. For example, a group headed by a pharmacist won ten seats.

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