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Iraq: elections, Moqtada Sadr declared winner

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(ANSAMed) – BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 30 – Iraqi populist Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr has been confirmed the winner of the Iraqi legislative elections on 10 October, with 73 seats out of 329 total.

This was announced today by the Iraqi Electoral Commission after a long and controversial procedure to recount the votes after allegations of fraud raised by the pro-Iranian armed parties, considered instead the great losers of the electoral consultations.

The recount of the votes, says the Electoral Commission, largely confirmed the initial results, because only five seats were reassigned following the revision of the ballots.

Sadr, who maintains ties with Iran despite having clamored for the restoration of Iraqi national sovereignty at the expense of Iranian and US influences, has in recent weeks sought government allies among the rivals of the pro-Iranian armed parties.

The negotiations for the formation of the new executive can now last several weeks. Local analysts say the new Iraqi government is likely to be formed after the end of this year. (ANSAMed).

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Source From: Ansa

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