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Despite preliminary election result loss, Abadi says ready to form government

Despite preliminary election result loss, Abadi says ready to form government

Sadr's apparent victory does not mean his bloc could necessarily form the next government as whoever wins the most seats must negotiate a coalition government, expected to be formed within 90 days of the official results.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is running to keep his post.

People in Iraq voted Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over ISIS terrorist group.

Sadr is a ferocious critic of American policies in the Middle East, and his unexpected electoral haul immediately calls into question the continuing presence of USA troops in Iraq.

The militia also hunted USA troops in Najaf, just south of Baghdad. His men also targeted Sunni Iraqis, helping spark the civil war that ripped through Iraq in 2006. No grouping of parties has won anywhere near the support needed to form government in the 329-seat parliament.

"We will not allow liberals and communists to govern in Iraq", he said during a speech at a conference in Iraq in February.

Abadi - who came to power as IS swept across Iraq in 2014 - has been a consensus figure who balanced off the United States and Iran.

The Iraqi Air Force has struck a major Daesh position in Syria's northern Al-Hasakah province, Iraq's Defense Ministry said Monday.

According to Iraq's official election commission, some 10.8 million Iraqis - out of 24 million eligible voters - took part in the vote, representing a turnout of 44.5 percent.

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"Iraq is rich, the country doesn't need Iran, it can stand on its feet and be prosperous it just need good management", said Mohammed Sadeq, a trader in the city of Hilla who voted for Sadr's list. Fahmy told his party's website that Abadi's bloc was "closer" to Sadr's than others. While many disillusioned Iraqis boycotted the vote, Mr Al Sadr's supporters could be relied upon to mobilise, said senior research fellow at London-based think tank Chatham House Renad Mansour.

Though Abadi is a Shi'ite, he performed poorly in Iraq's Shi'ite heartland but made history by becoming the only incumbent to ever win Sunni-majority Mosul.

They are both long-time political veterans well known to Iraqis.

Sadr was not a candidate for Parliament and can not himself be elected prime minister. The Iraqi CP, in line with its history of collaboration with imperialism, fully supported the 2003 United States invasion and occupation.

The Iraqi air force has already carried out several airstrikes against Daesh in Syria since past year, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Pentagon and US Central Command, which oversees the Middle East, declined to say Monday how the outcome of the election could impact the presence of American troops.

A Pentagon spokesman told Eric Pahon that the US government does not support any particular Iraqi candidate or party.

No word from Washington yet about what Sadr's fortunes at the ballot box mean for the US relationship with Iraq in the fight against ISIS.


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