Al-Sadr refused to form a coalition with supporters of Iran

Al-Sadr refused to form a coalition with supporters of Iran

Because al-Sadr did not run for a seat, he can not become prime minister, but his deputies in parliament are expected to follow his directives.

Sadr's bloc did not run in the remaining two provinces, Kurdish Dohuk and the ethnically mixed oil province of Kirkuk.

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi phoned Muqtada Al Sadr on Tuesday to congratulate his electoral performance after the Shiite leader took a commanding lead in the vote, despite the release of the final tally being delayed due to allegations of vote rigging.

His rival, Muqtada al-Sadr, who fought against the American occupation in 2004, is the clear victor in most southern parts of the country as well as in Baghdad, which has the most allocated seats.

Sadr's gains have called into question the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq, where more than 5,000 troops are indefinitely deployed to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State group. Today, he's rebranded himself as a populist outsider who will fight corruption and Iran's interference in Iraqi affairs.

According to Tasnim, if Fatah comes to terms with Nasr and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition, an inclusive coalition can be formed to choose the prime minister.

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Some prominent politicians now believe that al-Abadi is still the favorite to form the next government despite losing. Whoever wins the most seats must negotiate a coalition government in order to have a majority in parliament.

Abadi - who got here to energy as IS swept throughout Iraq in 2014 - has been a consensus determine who balanced off the United States and Iran. In fact, this complicated reality could lead to weeks if not months of negotiation to form the next government.

"If we want to change things then the prime minister needs to come from Marching Towards Reform", said Salah Jamal, 24.

Turnout was 44.52 percent with 92 percent of votes counted, the Independent High Electoral Commission said, the lowest participation rate in Iraq's post-Saddam history. It released the results of six more provinces late Monday.

An Iraqi woman shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad.

Members of the national election commission read out vote tallies for each candidate list in each of the 10 provinces on national TV.