Elections in Iraq: an unexpected outcome

14.05.2018

The faction of the incumbent government is on the brink of collapse, despite the victory over the Islamic State. On 12 May, the first parliamentary elections were held since the victory over terrorists. The elections in Iraq are led by Shiite clerics led by Muqtada al-Sadr and the pro-Iranian alliance.

 

Shiite oppositionists

According to preliminary data, the opposition bloc As-Sayran (Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reforms) led by Muqtada al-Sadr. The Shiite preacher spoke in an alliance with secular forces and Communists.

The second place is occupied by the block "Fatah" ("Conquest"), also an opposition one, led by the former Minister of Transport and the commander of the pro-Iranian Shiite militia "Al-Hasd al-Shaabi", Khadi al-Amiri. On the third line, the block "Nasr" ("Victory"), headed by acting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Lagging of al-Abadi was unexpected in regarding that his government, even with the support of the American coalition, managed to defeat ISIS. Opposition groups also took credit for their success in the fight against terrorists.

All three factions represent the interests of the Shiite majority, which was administered in Iraq after the overthrow of the US in 2003 by former President Saddam Hussein, the Sunni. The parliamentary elections that took place became the least representative after Hussein left the political arena.