Baghdad, the Electoral Commission confirms the victory of the Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr
The official results announced at the end of the manual counting of votes. A decision that puts an end to months of uncertainty and political deadlock. The blockade of the "anti-system" forces confirms the 54 votes and is preparing to form the new government. Corruption, unemployment and lack of services among the priorities to be addressed.
Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - After months of doubts and uncertainties linked to allegations of fraud the official announcement has been made that the coalition led by radical Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr won the parliamentary elections last May in Iraq.
Al-Sadr can now begin negotiations with the allies, aimed at the formation of the new government. The confirmation comes in a note released this morning by the Iraqi Electoral Commission, at the conclusion of the manual recount of votes.
The announcement ends a long period of political uncertainty in the Arab country, still marked by the war against the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS, ex Isis). The allegations of fraud and rigging that emerged in the aftermath of the elections had prompted the Supreme Court to order a partial verification - this time manual - of electronic votes.
At the end of the operations, the Commission confirmed the 54 seats to the al-Sadr group, allied with the Communists; the coalition of "anti-system" forces thus appears to be the largest block on the total of 329 parliamentary seats. The only change related to the vote count is the extra seat assigned to the Fatah Alliance pro-Shiite list, at the expense of a local party in the capital.
The Fatah Alliance comes second with 48 seats, while third place goes to the block led by outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with 42 seats.
From today the Iraqi interim president has 15 days to convene the new Parliament, which will be called to first elect the new head of state and begin the process for the formation of the new executive. Sadr has already signed an agreement on the Al-Hikma Shiite list of Ammar al-Hakim, which has 19 seats, and with the secular party - majority Sunni - of the current vice-president Iyad Allawi (21 seats).
The elections last May registered the lowest turnout ever (only 44.5% of those eligible) and the defeat of long-term politicians, which determined the fate of the country since the fall of the former Raìs Saddam Hussein in 2003. In addition, in recent weeks in Iraq there have been strikes and protests - with victims - for chronic water shortages, unemployment and the poor conditions of basic public services. Among the endemic problems there is also corruption, in a nation where the majority of citizens do not benefit from oil revenues.