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Iran's Soleimani holds talks about future Iraqi cabinet

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is holding talks with politicians in Baghdad to promote the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet which would have Iran’s approval, two people familiar with the political process underway in Iraq said on Wednesday.<p>Soleimani, commander of foreign …

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Iraq: Armed men trap election workers in Kirkuk, block count

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside an election office in this northern Iraqi city Wednesday to protest alleged fraud in last week's parliamentary elections.<p>The head of Iraq's national election commission said at a news conference that armed men had taken over the …

Iraqi election commission says Kirkuk voting stations under siege, staff inside

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk were on Wednesday besieging several polling stations containing election staff, four days after a national vote, the head of the electoral commission said.<p>The head of Iraq's Independent Higher Election Commission Riyadh al-Badran …

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Iraq's shock election result may be turning point for Iran

Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy<p>The unexpectedly poor showing of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, in parliamentary elections has dealt a blow to US influence in the country. It was a poor return for American backing for the Baghdad …

Populist cleric Sadr all but wins Iraq election

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, has all but won Iraq's parliamentary election, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi'ite leader.<p>In the first election since Islamic State was defeated in the country, …

Iraq election: Coalition led by nationalist cleric takes shock lead as vote count continues

A populist coalition formed by nationalist Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has taken a surprise lead in Iraq’s election, putting a dent in prime minister …

Election success for Muqtada al-Sadr shows Iraqi voters shaking off foreign intervention

Muqtada al-Sadr, the nationalist populist Shia cleric, has once again defied predictions as the coalition he leads outperformed rival parties in the …

Surprise election estimates put U.S. foe Al-Sadr in position to determine Iraq’s next leader

BAGHDAD — He is best known to American officials as the firebrand cleric and sectarian Shiite militia leader who made life miserable for Iraq’s Sunni …

Shiite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's initial election results

BAGHDAD (AP) — The political coalition of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took an early lead in Iraq's national elections in partial returns announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission.<p>An alliance of candidates linked to Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitary groups was in …

The Latest: Iraq prime minister wins vote in Mosul province

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Iraq's national elections (all times local):<p>11:45 p.m.<p>Iraq's national elections commission says Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has taken the largest share of votes in the province that includes the formerly Islamic State-held city of Mosul.<p>It is the only province so far …

Iraq elections: who is Moqtadr al-Sadr?

Shia preacher who opposed US-led invasion and led uprisings against troops has taken a surprise lead in Iraq’s parliamentary elections<p>The influence of Moqtada al-Sadr, the 44-year-old Shia cleric whose Sairoon coalition has emerged as a leading player on Iraq’s political scene, is as much about his …

Iraq election propels firebrand cleric from fringes to centre stage

Moqtada al-Sadr on track to win largest number of seats, with US-backed PM trailing in third<p>The Iraqi firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will begin talks to form a government after winning more seats than the prime minister in a national election that has made him an unlikely kingmaker.<p>Sadr’s strong …

Iraq election: Prime minister trails rivals

<b>The bloc led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is trailing in third place in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to partial results.</b><p>With more than half of votes counted, a nationalist alliance between Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr and mostly secular groups is in the lead.<p>It is followed by a …

Iraqi Shiite cleric gained ground with nationalist voice

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the years following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the young cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burst onto the scene as a renegade champion of poorer Shiites, leading militant fighters who carried out deadly attacks on American forces and were notorious for sectarian killings against …

Early results in Iraq election favor populist cleric al-Sadr

BAGHDAD (AP) — A populist coalition organized by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the front-runner Monday with more than half the vote counted in Iraq's national elections.<p>Partial returns from Saturday's balloting — the first since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State …

Fiery cleric Sadr taps anger over Iran to lead Iraq poll

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Nationalist Shi'ite Cleric Moqtada al Sadr took a surprise lead in Iraq's elections by tapping into public resentment with Iran and what some voters say is a corrupt political elite it supports.<p>Sadr is the only Iraqi Shi'ite leader who has challenged both Iran and the United …

Iraq PM Abadi appears ahead in poll, Sadr strong: sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States, has all but won Iraq’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said, in a surprise turn of fortune for the Shi’ite leader.<p>In the first election since Islamic State was defeated in the country, …

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US and Iran battle for influence in first post-Isis Iraq election

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi is ahead in Iraq’s parliamentary election, according to unofficial results, in a poll that has added …

Factbox: How the new Iraqi government will be formed | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis voted on Saturday in their first parliamentary election since the defeat of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, a poll which could affect the balance of power in the Middle East.<p>Here is how the new government will be formed, according to the Iraqi constitution, which …

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Martyr or master? Future of anti-Isis militias splits Iraq ahead of elections

Debate over role of party formed from Iraqi militias highlights impact of Iran-US fallout<p>In militia bases across Iraq, leaders who spent the past four years in military fatigues are wearing clean-cut suits and welcoming guests. Posters of martyrs lost in the fight against Islamic State adorn …

Iraqis vote in first elections since IS defeat

<b>Iraqis have voted in the first parliamentary elections since the government declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) last year.</b><p>Around 7,000 candidates from rival coalition alliances are vying for seats in the 329-member assembly.<p>The results are scheduled to be officially announced on …

AP PHOTOS: Iraq holds first vote since victory over IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqis voted in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote — the fourth since the 2003 U.S.-led toppling of Saddam Hussein — was marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities.<p>Results are expected within the next 48 …

Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since IS defeat

Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State extremist group.<p>The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq's Sunni minority.<p>Entrenched …

Iraqis vote as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqis voted on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, trying to fend off powerful Shi'ite groups that would pull the country closer to Tehran.<p>Iraqis …

As Iraq moves on with vote, Falluja trapped by sins of the past | Reuters

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Braving a nationwide driving ban, hundreds of Iraqis walked through Falluja and stepped over barbed wire surrounding a school to vote in a parliamentary election they hope will help a city far from recovering from years of conflict and upheaval.<p>A candidate's poster lies on …

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Iraq holds its first parliamentary election since IS defeat

Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State extremist group.<p>The balloting is expected to be a referendum on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's tenure and his pledge to be more inclusive of Iraq's Sunni minority.<p>Entrenched …

'We never cared but now we have to': Mosul votes for first time since IS defeat

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Um Laila and Farida Hassan had not seen each other since the day Iraqi soldiers helped them escape from Islamic State’s brutal rule in Mosul.<p>Iraqi people stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Mosul, Iraq May 12, 2018. …

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Iraq minorities fear new upheaval in multi-ethnic city after vote | Reuters

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - The streets of Kirkuk, which has violently changed hands several times since Iraq’s last election, are crammed with a dizzying patchwork of banners for nearly 300 candidates vying for votes in the multi-ethnic and religious city.<p>A man walks past a campaign poster ahead of …

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Al-Abadi defeated IS. Why won't he sweep Iraq's elections?

BAGHDAD (AP) — During four years in office, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has racked up a list of achievements that would make most politicians envious. He prevailed over an Islamic State insurgency that at its peak controlled one-third of the country. He steered Iraq's economy through a …

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and presaging a long period of deal-making as politicians …