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Could Iraq’s election be a turning point for the country?

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    The preliminary results are in but it could take weeks before official winners are announced in Iraq’s parliamentary elections.

    That delay has some political leaders claiming fraud and urging the Election Commission to have a recount.

    Last Saturday’s vote was the first since Iraqi forces defeated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2017.

    But one political headline from the poll is raising eyebrows in the United States and Iran.

    The coalition led by controversial Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is emerging as the frontrunner in many of the country’s provinces.

    His victory could complicate Iraq’s relations with Washington and Tehran.

    So how will Sadr shape Iraq’s future?

    Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

    Guests:

    Judit Neurink – author of The War of ISIS: On the Road to the Caliphate

    Renad Mansour – fellow at Chatham House for the Middle East and North Africa

    Zaid al-Ali – author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future and former adviser to the UN on Iraq

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/05/iraq-election-turning-point-country-180517185148697.html

    Source: Al Jazeera News

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