The Independent High Electoral Commission for Iraq announced the final results of the polling that took place on the tenth of last month, and said that the manual recount resulted in a change of only 5 seats in each of the governorates of Baghdad, Erbil, Mosul, Basra and Kirkuk.

The commission stated that the participation rate in the parliamentary elections amounted to 44% out of more than 22 million voters entitled to vote.

#Thank you to the Electoral Commission

- Muqtada al-Sayyid Muhammad al-Sadr (@Mu_AlSadr) November 30, 2021

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According to the final results, it was confirmed that the Sadrist bloc led by Muqtada al-Sadr won the largest number of parliamentary seats, by obtaining 73 seats in the 329-seat parliament.

The current had 54 seats in the last parliament.

After the results were announced, Al-Sadr thanked the Electoral Commission, and said - in a tweet to him on Twitter - "Thank you to the Electoral Commission."

According to the results, the "Progress" bloc led by the dissolved parliament speaker, Muhammad al-Halbousi, won 37 seats.

While the "State of Law" coalition led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki won 33 seats, compared to 24 in the previous session.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani, won 31 seats.

While his Kurdish rival, the Kurdistan Alliance, won 17 seats.

The "Al-Fateh Alliance", the main representative of the popular crowd factions in Parliament, after its objection to the preliminary results, claiming 17 seats were forged, after it held 48 seats in the outgoing parliament.

General picture of the former Iraqi parliament (French)

The "National State Forces" coalition headed by former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and also includes the "Hikma Movement" led by Ammar al-Hakim, recorded a significant decline to only 4 deputies.

The Wisdom Movement had 19 deputies in the previous parliament, and al-Abadi's coalition had 42 deputies.

The Azm coalition, led by businessman Khamis al-Khanjar, won 14 seats.

The "Extension" movement - in its first electoral experience - won 9 seats, and "Canon's Sunrise" won 6 seats, and these two forces are considered to be the outgrowth of the popular protests that Iraq witnessed in the past two years.

While the "National Contract" coalition won 4 seats, the "Hasm for Reform" movement coalition got 3 seats, the "Babylon" movement got 4 seats, the "Our Masses is Our Identity" coalition got 3 seats, the "Turkmen Front for Iraq" united on one seat, and Hirak The New Generation won 9 seats, and the Tasmeem alliance won 5 seats.

The number of parties winning one seat reached 16, while the number of seats for individuals winning the elections reached 43;

It is divided between 38 men and 5 women.

The results were in general agreement with the preliminary results announced after the October 10 elections.

More than 9.6 million people voted in the elections, in which at least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates competed for parliament seats, the commission said.


 Next actions

After the results are announced, the commission will send them to the Federal Court for approval within a maximum of 10 days, after which the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, will call the new Parliament to convene within a maximum period of 15 days headed by the oldest deputy, to elect the Speaker and his two deputies, provided that another session will be followed during which the election of The President of the Republic, who in turn assigns the largest parliamentary bloc to nominate a Prime Minister, provided that this is done within a maximum period of one month.

In the meantime, negotiations will continue on the formation of the next government.

During the past weeks, al-Sadr reiterated that his current would choose the prime minister, and called for the formation of a "majority" government represented by the parties that received the highest number of votes.

It is widely expected that al-Sadr will head to form a majority coalition within parliament by allying with the "Progress" bloc and the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

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