Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

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  1. Disir

    Disir Gold Member

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    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

    Sadr himself cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election, though his bloc’s victory puts him in a position to have a strong say in negotiations. His Sairoon electoral list captured 54 parliamentary seats.

    The Victory Alliance, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, trailed in third place with 42 seats, behind the Al-Fatih bloc, which won 47 seats.

    Al-Fatih is led by Hadi al-Amiri, who has close ties with Iran and heads an umbrella group of paramilitaries that played a key role in defeating Islamic State.

    The results were announced a week after Iraqis voted in a nationwide election, which produced surprising results amid a historically low turnout.

    The nationalist cleric’s success could be a setback for Iran, which has steadily increased its influence in Iraq - its most important ally in the Middle East - since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
    Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc wins Iraq election

    Had they all voted it might have come out the same. If you can't provide basic services, then why bother.
  2. Pete7469

    Pete7469 Gold Member

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    Sadr's influence comes from his soapbox at his cult meetings. He has more power there than he would in government.

    If they want us to GTFO again, so be it. They will start killing each other again.

    We need to stay out of the ME anyway.

    Fuck that shit hole desert.

    We need to invade Venezuela. We can drive our tanks down there, there won't be any significant opposition, they have nice beaches, they're not opposed to beer or bacon, they have good looking broads that don't have to dress like ninjas and we can drive home when we kill all the commies.

    It's a win/win no matter how you look at it.

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