Iranian IRGC Quds Force Chief Qassem Soleimani Heads to Iraq Following Elections

Iranian IRGC Quds Force Chief Qassem Soleimani Heads to Iraq Following Elections

He announced Tuesday on state television that it was the responsibility of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to conduct the recount to determine accurate results, citing high-profile charges of vote tampering in the disputed province of Kirkuk.

This hope is not surprising, given the cross-sectarian nature of the leading political coalitions, such as the Victory Alliance, which actively campaigned and engaged in Sunni-majority and Kurdish areas, along with the cross-sectarian and non-Islamist Sairun bloc, led by Mr Al Sadr.

Remembered for leading an insurgency against US forces and inciting sectarian bloodshed against the Sunni population, al-Sadr has in recent years sought to recast himself as a populist, railing against corruption and failing services and striking a political alliance with Iraq's secularists and Communist Party.

But Sadr will not become prime minister because he did not run in the election. "And we stand with the Iraqi people's decisions".

The initiative could trump Sadr's own coalition-building efforts but it risks angering the cleric's supporters who are yearning for a clampdown on corruption among establishment figures.

Under article 76 of Iraq's constitution, the right to form a government falls to the political bloc with the most seats.

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Seats in parliament will be allocated proportionately to coalitions once all votes are counted. The government should be formed within 90 days of the official results.

Voter turnout was at a low 44 percent, 15 percent lower than the turnout in the 2014 parliamentary elections. The commission gave no indication on when further results would be announced. It included full returns from only 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including the provinces of Baghdad and Basra.

A document provided to Reuters by a candidate in Baghdad that was also circulating among journalists and analysts showed results from all 18 provinces.

"Some political parties are suspicious of the elections results [in the Kurdistan Region], and the KDP is suspicious of the results in Sulaimani Province", read a statement, released to the press.

Iraq is still waiting to hear the results from foreign and security forces balloting, which could add close to 1 million votes to the national tally. Also at issue is the influence of Iran on the country: Iranian-backed Shiite militias who played a key role in defeating IS and were allied with the Shiite-led Baghdad government made significant electoral gains.

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