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PM Abadi's list leading in Iraqi parliamentary election

PM Abadi's list leading in Iraqi parliamentary election

Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi's list appears to be leading in Iraq's parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada Al Sadr's alliance, an election commission source and a security official said on Sunday.

"Preliminary results show that the Alliance was leading in the provinces of Anbar, Saladin, Nineveh and Diyala", the source said on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak to media.

The race to become Iraq's next prime minister appeared wide open Monday as two outsider alliances looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of the IS group.

Turnout was 44.52 per cent with 92 per cent of votes counted, the Independent High Electoral Commission said - significantly lower than in previous elections.

Both Sadr's bloc and the bloc loyal to Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Brigade, are the top two right now, with Abadi's state of law in third.

According to the officials' latest announcement, the political coalition of Shia Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has an early lead.

Abadi - a consensus figure who has balanced off the United States and Iran - faces several major challengers from within his dominant Shiite community four years after coming to power.

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Abadi, who came to power four years ago after Daesh seized a third of Iraqi territory, received United States military support for Iraq's army to defeat the militant group even as he gave free rein to Iran to back Shia militias fighting on the same side.

If the surprise results are confirmed then it would throw open the race for Iraq's new premier, following the first elections after the defeat of IS.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi carried out poorly throughout majority Shiite provinces that ought to have been his base of help.

Abadi was seen by some Iraqis as lacking charisma and ineffective.

Reuters could not independently verify the document's authenticity but the numbers in it, which showed the results from all 18 provinces, matched those of the electoral commission in the 10 provinces for which it has announced results. But some Iraqis resent his close ties to Tehran. But what has emerged already is that many across the war-scarred nation are fed up with the establishment that has dominated since the 2003 US-led ouster of Saddam Hussein. The most powerful alliances expected to win the most seats are headed by the same parties that have dominated Iraqi politics since 2003.

Any political occasion or alliance should acquire a majority of Iraq's 329 seats in parliament to have the ability to select a main minister and type a authorities. If the prime minister-designate fails to put together a governing coalition after 30 days, or if parliament rejects the prime minister-designate's proposed cabinet, the president must nominate another candidate within 15 days.