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Iraq: The two anti-system lists in the lead, the Prime Minister moved ahead

Ⓒ AFP – AHMAD AL-RUBAYE – | Iraqi wields photo of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr during legislative elections in Iraq, May 14, 2018) Baghdad

The two anti-system lists created a surprise by leading the legislative elections in Iraq, ahead of that of outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, according to official partial results obtained in the night of Sunday to Monday by AFP.

The unprecedented alliance of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and Communists on an anti-corruption agenda (Walk for Reforms) leads in six of the 18 provinces and is in second place in four others.

The Alliance of the Conquest, a list of alumni of Hachd al-Shaabi, the army’s crucial proxy in the victory against the Islamic State (IS) group, takes the lead in four provinces. This list, which includes many officials close to Iran, is in second place in eight other provinces.

Mr. Abadi, supported by the international community, is advanced in all the provinces except that of Nineveh, whose capital is Mosul, the former “capital” of the IS where Mr. Abadi announced the “release” in July 2017.

Initially, various political leaders had put the outgoing Prime Minister in the lead, allocating him sixty seats.

These figures, however, may still vary because they do not take into account the votes of nearly 700,000 Iraqi security forces, as well as reports from the nearly one million Iraqis living abroad.

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