Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

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Shia Muslim alliance Saima, of Muqtada al-Sadr, won the general elections in Iraq, after counting 91 percent of votes in 16 of the country " s 18 provinces, it was reported here today.

According to preliminary figures released by IHEC, the prime minister did poorly in the election, with his Al-Nasr Alliance trailing behind the party of surprise victor cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and that of militia leader Hadi al-Amiri, which came in second.

Tallies put the Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former paramilitary fighters who helped battle Daesh in second place, followed by incumbent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's bloc. Today, he's rebranded himself as a populist outsider who will fight corruption and Iran's interference in Iraqi affairs.

Meanwhile, conservative Tasnim News Agency reported on May 15 that Sadr is seeking to reach a coalition with Ammar al-Hakim's Hikma (National Wisdom Movement) and Iyad Allawi's Iraqi National Alliance Coalition to form a "technocrat" government.

The election came as Iraq is struggling to bring down soaring unemployment and reintegrate its disenfranchised Sunni minority.

The surprising upset in elections this weekend by Mr. Sadr's unlikely alliance of communists, Sunni businessmen and pious community activists comes amid long-simmering anger at the established politicians who have controlled government since Iraq's first democratic election in 2005 after the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein.

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MacCallum added that Trump's top military officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford Jr. both seek to continue to work with the Iraqi government in a constructive way.

Turnout in the election was 44.5% - much lower than in previous polls. It says it will announce the remaining results Tuesday.

On Sunday night, officials from Iraq's election commission announced the nearly full returns from 10 of Iraq's 19 provinces, including Baghdad and Basra.

Sadr fled to Iran before a government crackdown on the Mehdi Army, but has since moved to distance himself from Iran. Whoever wins the most seats must negotiate a coalition government in order to have a majority in parliament.

After the announcement of the partial election results, supporters took to the streets of Baghdad's Sadr City district - named after his late father - to celebrate.

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