Sadr calls for broad coalition following Iraq election 'win'

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Sadr has led two uprisings against USA forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shia leaders to distance himself from Iran.

Members of the national election commission read out vote tallies for each candidate list in each of the 10 provinces on national TV.

Sadr, who is the victor with 53 seats out of a total of 329 in Baghdad's parliament, hinted at those with whom he intends to establish a new government comprised of "non-partisan technocrats".

Shia rivals of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi have made big gains in Saturday's parliamentary elections, partial results suggest, according to the BBC NEws report on Monday.

Despite winning the popular vote and controlling the most seats, Sadr will not become prime minister because he did not run in the election, but his victory puts him in position to choose someone for the job.

Any attempt to form a government that would threaten the influence Iran has built up in the 15 years since the fall of Saddam Hussein looks certain to face opposition from Tehran. He is now calling for the latest deployment of American troops to leave following last year's defeat of the Islamic State group. The group overran a third of Iraq in 2014. It says it will announce the remaining results Tuesday.


Sadr and Amiri both came in first in four of the 10 provinces where votes were counted, but the cleric's bloc won significantly more votes in the capital, Baghdad, which has the highest number of seats.

Will not enter the coalition and the movement "For the rule of law", headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

But after 14 years, more than $1 trillion, millions of Iraqi dead and thousands of US troops killed and maimed, the USA now has less influence over Iraq than it had while former Central Intelligence Agency operative Saddam Hussein was in power.

A similar fate could befall Sadr.

"We will not allow liberals and communists to govern in Iraq", Ali Akbar Velayati, top adviser to the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in February.

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