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Shiite cleric Sadr's coalition leads in preliminary Iraq vote tally

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's governing alliance was in third place Sunday night, according to partial returns from Saturday's national elections broadcast on state TV. Leading the vote was the coalition led by influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, followed by an alliance tied to Shiite militias led by Hadi al-Amiri, a former paramilitary leader with close ties to Iran who gained prominence fighting the Islamic State. The early results covered full returns from 10 of Iraq's 19 provinces, but al-Sadr's supporters celebrated in the streets of Sadr City, a poor...

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News Posted By: theweek - Monday, 14 May, 2018