Without Muqtada al Sadr, Iraq's kingmaker, no coalition government can be formed, experts say. And if it is formed, Sunni bloc’s Halbousi and Kurdish leader Barzani are likely to be in the new government.
Iran-backed groups have lost significant ground in Iraq but Tehran still has some supporters to help it keep its influence over the neighbouring country.
With a little confidence in the country's political system, many ordinary Iraqis are likely to stay away from the ballot box while Shia-led parties like Muqtada al Sadr’s group are expected to dominate next month’s polls.
While some Iraqis welcome a new face in politics, the nationalist cleric’s success in the election dealt a blow to Iran, which has steadily increased its influence in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003.
The Independent High Electoral Commission said on Sunday that Muqtada al Sadr's coalition was leading in Iraq's parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted. Full results are expected to be officially announced on Monday.
Although the parliamentary elections passed off largely peacefully, more than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters in Iraq did not show up at the ballot box, the highest abstention rate since the first multiparty elections in 2005.
Iraq’s first election since Daesh’s defeat will test the country’s divided political scene. Here’s everything you need to know about the alliances, candidates and the political environment in post-war Iraq.
Political factions of Hashd al Shaabi founded in support of Iraqi army in its fight against Daesh after Sistani's call in 2014, are now getting ready for 2018 Iraqi elections. And Sistani says it's wrong for them to go into politics. Here's why:
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