Iraq's Sadr retains election victory after vote recount -state media

Iraq's Sadr retains election victory after vote recount -state media

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained the largest amount of seats won in a May parliamentary election following a manual recount of votes, results announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who's bloc came first, looks at Iraqi Prime Ministe
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who's bloc came first, looks at Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who's political bloc came third in a May parliamentary election, during a news conference in Najaf, Iraq June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

BAGHDAD: Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained the largest amount of seats won in a May parliamentary election following a manual recount of votes, results announced by the electoral commission showed early on Friday.

The official state news agency and broadcaster quoted the electoral commission as saying the results of the recount matched the initial results from 13 of Iraq's 18 provinces.

Parliament had ordered a manual recount of votes, which were initially counted electronically, after a government report concluded there were serious violations.

(Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein, editing by G Crosse)

Source: Reuters

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