Shi’ite cleric Sadr wins elections in Iraq

The Sadr Group, affiliated with the Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, has won the elections in Iraq. Turnout in the elections stood at 41 percent.

Iraqi officials announced that the Sadr Group has won the general elections held in Iraq on Sunday.

It is reported that the group affiliated with the leader of the Shiite Sadr Movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, has gained at least 70 seats in the 329-member parliament.

Declaring his election victory, Moqtada al-Sadr promised to fight corruption in the country in his televised speech. Sadr also warned foreign states not to interfere in the formation of the next government.

According to uncertain official results, the Takadum Party (Progress Party), led by Sunni Parliament Speaker Mohamed Al-Halbousi, won 38 seats. Former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law Coalition obtained 37 seats.

Turnout in the general elections was record low.

The electoral commission announced that only 41 percent of the electorate voted, which is less than the 44.5 percent turnout recorded in the 2018 elections.