In the Iraqi election, the "anti-American faction" won the most seats and was given priority to form a cabinet
[Global Times Special Correspondent in Egypt Huang Peizhao] The results of Iraq’s new National Assembly elections have been released.
According to a report by the Iraqi News Agency on the 12th, according to the preliminary vote count announced by the Iraqi Independent Higher Electoral Commission on the evening of the 11th, the "Sadr Movement" led by Shiite religious leader Sadr won 73 seats, an increase of 19 seats from the 2018 general election. , Has the priority to form a cabinet; the Sunni political group "Progressive Alliance" led by National Assembly Speaker Habshi won 38 seats, ranking second; the "Legal League" led by former Prime Minister Maliki won 37 seats, ranking third.
On October 11, 2021 local time, Baghdad, Iraq, Baghdad held a press conference on the results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections.
After the results were announced, supporters of Iraq’s Shi’ite religious leader Muqtada Sadr celebrated in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.
According to a Reuters report, Sadr said in his victory speech on the 11th that corruption will not be allowed to continue in the future, he will advance the reform plan, and will not sacrifice the interests of the people to equalize power.
Sadr said that all foreign missions are welcome, but they cannot interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs.
He also mentioned that from now on, all weapons must be returned to the country. Except for national missions, no one is allowed to use weapons, even those who claim to be "resistance forces."
The New York Times stated that it was "beating" Iranian-supported militia organizations.
According to official Iraqi data, a total of 3,249 candidates from 167 political parties, political entities or independent candidates ran for 329 seats in this election. The registered voters this time are about 24 million, and the turnout rate is about 41% (2018). Is 44.52%).
The "Voice of Germany" stated that the low turnout rate was seen as a lack of confidence among Iraqis in the democratic system introduced after the US invasion.
According to the political tacit agreement reached by all parties after the war in Iraq, the prime minister of the Iraqi government is the Shiite majority, the chairman of the parliament is Sunnis, and the president is Kurdish.
Opponents criticized this model for causing political power to be controlled by some political parties for a long time, and it is easy to breed corruption and other problems. They called for reforms.
This Iraqi general election allowed independent candidates to stand for the first time.
"Egyptian Today" stated that although the election was won on the basis of "anti-American and anti-Iranian" propositions, the "Sadr movement" will not be smooth sailing politically. First of all, neither the United States nor Iran will get close to it. It is conceivable that Iraq, which has lost the support of these two countries, is isolated in international affairs; secondly, because the "Sadr movement" won less than half of the seats, it still needs to win over other parties to form a new government, but there are many parties in Iraq, and the political power is huge. , The interests of different demands are different, it is difficult to adjust, and it is difficult to be squeezed into a ruling group with a relative balance of interests; third is the domestic economic decline in Iraq, the unemployment rate remains high, the people’s livelihood is overwhelmed, and the new crown pneumonia epidemic continues to spread. The "Sadr Movement" is no small challenge and test.Keywords: results, elections, seats, election, faction, iraqi, sadr, cabinet, global times special correspondent, priority, anti-american, egypt huang peizhao, national assembly, the new york times, power