According to preliminary results of parliamentary elections in Iraq, the bloc of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr received 73 out of 329 seats in the country’s legislative body.
It is reported by the official Iraqi news agency.
The Takaddum party, led by former parliamentary speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi (a Sunni), could become the second largest faction in parliament with 38 seats.
Former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s coalition came in third with 37 seats.
The Iraqi Election Commission has not yet published the final election results.
Voter turnout in these elections was 41 percent, the lowest since 2003.
Parliamentary elections in Iraq were held on Sunday, October 10 amid a protracted political and economic crisis in the country.
Voting for the highest legislative body of the republic was the fifth since the period of the US occupation of Iraq in 2003.
3,249 candidates from 167 political forces are fighting for the parliamentary seats. Among the candidates, 951 are women.
789 people are running as independent candidates.
The Anadolu Agency’s website publishes in a shortened form . .(HAS).