Sadr's supporters celebrating victory after preliminary election results on October 22, 2021

Sadr's supporters celebrating victory after preliminary election results on October 22, 2021

Final Results Confirm Sadr's Victory In Iraq's Parliamentary Election

11/30/2021

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's party is the biggest bloc in Iraq's parliament with 73 seats in the 329-seat house, final results announced Tuesday show.

The Taqaddum Party, which draws support from minority Sunni Muslims, won 37 seats. Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law group won 33 seats, and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) secured 31, according to the results cited by state media.

The results were broadly in line with preliminary figures released in the days after the October 10 election, and unlikely to alter calculations much as politicians negotiate on the makeup of a new government.

Pro-Iran groups who performed poorly have refused to accept the results. They tried to change the outcome by protests, which the government ignored and the United Nations confirmed the general accuracy of the results.

Turnout reached 44%, the commission said, revised up from the 43% preliminary figure but still lower than in the last election in 2018.

More than 9.6 million people cast their ballots in the Oct. 10 vote, where at least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates competed for the parliament's 329 seats, the commission said.

Reporting by Reuters

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