Iraq Election Commission Affirms Sadr Bloc’s Victory

73 seat plurality upheld after manual recount

Bringing the reporting on Iraq’s October 10 election full circle, the Independent Election Commission has issued final results after a full manual recount. The figures are broadly the same as were reported a month and a half ago.

Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party remains victorious with 73 seats. The Sunni Taqaddum came in second at 37, with Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law at 33, and the Kurdish Democrats at 31. Fatah, the party of Shi’ite militias, remained a distant 17 seats.

This is the result given after the vote and before the recount. When Fatah refused to accept the results and threatened violence, the commission temporarily shifted the results to 70 for Sadr and wiped out a number of independents to try to boost Fatah.

This eventually led to a full recount, when Fatah didn’t want to accept those results, and ironically they now seem to be back to 73-17. They’ll be no more happy with the results now, but after months of recounts, their options are very limited.

Sadr campaigned for an independent Iraq less dependent on the US and Iran, and for anti-corruption reforms. This was popular with voters, but has made it difficult to see him forming a coalition government with parties mostly opposed ideologically to him.

There has been talk of setting up a caretaker government in light of this, temporarily running the nation until a new election or some such can be organized.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.