Iraq’s parliamentary election in May was supposed to determine the next government.
Marred by low voter turnout and charges of fraud, the vote is now subject to a recount of suspect ballots.
Preliminary results show the bloc led by radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a longtime foe of the United States, finished first.
Iraq’s current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a U.S. ally, was third. Analysts said Sadr alone won’t have enough seats in parliament to form a government and determine the next Prime Minister.
With the unfinished recount, lots of intrigue remains.
CGTN’s Nathan King reports on the situation.
- Ahmed Rushdi is a senior policy adviser to the Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, and the Director of the House of Iraqi Expertise Foundation.
- Majeed Gly is a journalist and political analyst with the Rudaw Media Network.
- Jonathan Broder is an award-winning journalist who spent two decades as a correspondent in the Middle East and Asia.
- Mazin Al-Eshaiker served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Iraq and currently heads the Injah Development Center, an economic policy group.
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— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) June 27, 2018
— The Straits Times (@STcom) June 21, 2018