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Supporters of Shiite blocs block a main road in Kirkuk

Category: Iraq News

Date: 2021-10-18T13:56:03+0000
Supporters of Shiite blocs block a main road in Kirkuk

Shafaq News/ Dozens of locals in Kirkuk organized a demonstration to protest the poll's results announced by the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and blocked a main road in the governorate.

Shafaq News Agency correspondent said that a group of demonstrators gathered in the Taza sub-district, south of the governorate, and blocked the road leading to Baghdad.

The demonstrators called on the Iraqi government to annul the results of the October 10 election.

Over the past few days, proponents of Shiite blocs took the street of several Iraqi governorates to protest the unsatisfying results of the election.

The results of the early parliamentary election showed the Sadrist movement maintaining the most seats in parliament, leading in several of Iraq's 18 provinces, including the capital, Baghdad. Al-Sadr, a controversial leader remembered for leading an insurgency against U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion, appeared to have increased his movement's seats in the 329-member parliament from 54 in 2018 to 73.

With 94% of the ballot boxes counted, none of the competing political blocs appeared on track to win a majority in parliament and consequently name a prime minister. But as the results stand, al-Sadr's bloc will be able to take a leading role in the political horse-trading to find a compromise candidate and set the political agenda for the next four years.

The State of Low Coalition, led by the former Prime Minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki, secured 37 seats, fours seat behind al-Taqaddom (Progress) bloc led by the Sunni Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Muhammad al-Halboosi.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani has won 32 seats; twice more than Iran's favorite al-Fatah Alliance, which toll of seats diminished to 14 only from 48 in the 2018 elections.

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