Iraq's Sadr announces political alliance with pro-Iranian militia chief

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2018

Iraq's Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has announced a surprise alliance with pro-Iranian political bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri in a bid to form government after last month's elections resulted in a hung parliament.

At a joint press conference with Amiri in the Shia holy city of Najaf on Tuesday, Sadr hailed the formation of "a true alliance to accelerate the formation of a national government away from any dogmatism". Our new alliance is a nationalist one.

"Our meeting was a very positive one, we met to end the suffering of this nation and of the people". "Our new alliance is a nationalist one and within the national frames". At that time they were backed by Iran, but in recent years the cleric has presented himself as a nationalist leader opposed to Iranian influence.

The alliance, which together has 101 seats, is 64 short of the majority needed to form a government.

The May election saw a record number of abstentions as many Iraqis snubbed the corruption-tainted elite that had dominated the country since the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Last week, Iraq's parliament ordered a manual vote recount and sacked the commission that oversaw the polls amid mounting claims of electoral fraud.

The government report had recommended a recount of 5 percent of votes but the outgoing parliament, in which over half of lawmakers including the speaker lost their seats, instead voted for a nationwide one.

Hours later, lawmakers voted on annulling results of ballots from overseas and camps for displaced people in four Sunni-dominated provinces, and called for a manual recount of all ballots.

A few days later, a storage site housing half of Baghdad's ballot boxes caught fire, raising tensions and prompting some to call for the election to be repeated.

Amiri's faction was widely expected to win the elections, and Sadr's upset victory was considered by many observers to be a blow to Iran.

Abadi called the fire a deliberate act and said the attorney general would bring charges against those who are trying to undermine the political process. It also showed that security cameras had been disabled and no locks had been broken, implying it was carried out by someone with access to the storage site.

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