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    Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) shows his ink-stained index finger and holds a national flag while surrounded by people outside a polling station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group

    Bloc Led by Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Wins Parliamentary Vote in Iraq

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sairun, a populist Iraqi coalition led by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, has won last Saturday’s parliamentary election, results have shown.

    The polls attended by some 44.5 percent of eligible voters saw Sairun gain 54 seats, according to figures aired live by the Iraqi Kurdish Rudaw television channel.

    Second-placed Fatah alliance led by ex-transport minister Hadi al-Amiri won 47 seats, while the Nasr alliance of sitting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came third with 42.

    The winner will form a government that will rule Iraq for four years. The nation went to the polls for the first time last week since defeating the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group* that captured large swathes of land in 2014.

    *Daesh terror organization also known as ISIL or ISIS is forbidden in US, Russia and many countries around the world.

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