Original Title: Iraq Announces Preliminary Results of New National Assembly Election
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission announced on the 11th the preliminary results of the election of the new National Assembly held a few days ago.
The preliminary vote count showed that the “Sadr Movement” led by Shiite religious leader Sadr won 73 seats, ranking first; the Sunni political group “Progressive Alliance” led by National Assembly Speaker Habhi won 38 seats. Ranked second; former Prime Minister Maliki led the “Legal Nations Alliance” with 37 seats, ranking third.
According to the Iraqi Constitution, the party group that has a majority in the parliament has the right to nominate the prime minister and form a government. The “largest party group” can be a new coalition formed after the election results are announced.
Iraq held a new National Assembly election on the 10th. According to data released by the Independent Higher Election Commission, 3249 candidates campaigned for 329 seats. The number of registered voters in this election is about 24 million, and the turnout rate is about 41%.
In July 2020, Iraqi Prime Minister Kadimi announced that the election of the new National Assembly originally scheduled for 2022 would be advanced to June 2021. In January 2021, the Iraqi government announced that it would postpone the election of the National Assembly until October 10. (Zhang Miao)