Middle East

Sadr's bloc wins Iraqi parliamentary polls

Shia leader cannot become PM as he did not run in the polls, but the victory puts him in a good negotiating position.

Middle East

Iraq election: Al-Abadi will have to negotiate his future

The incumbent prime minister did not win the majority he was expecting to in Iraq’s election, trailing behind Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance and Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah.

Opinion

Starving, bombing civilians in the name of 'fighting terrorism'

The UNSC is allowing cities to be flattened and civilians mercilessly killed under the guise of 'fighting terror'.

Jonathan Whittall

by Jonathan Whittall

Jonathan Whittall

Inside Story

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

Iraqis await the outcome of the first polls since the defeat of ISIL in 2017.

Middle East

Muqtada al-Sadr: Militia leader turned saviour of Iraq

Shia leader's appeal to the disenfranchised and the low voter turnout factored into his alliance's surprise victory.

Muqtada al-Sadr: Iraq's militia leader turned champion of poor

Iraq

Gunmen lay siege to Kirkuk voting stations, block count

Iraqi electoral commission says armed men in Kirkuk are putting pressure on election workers to change results.

Gunmen lay siege to Kirkuk voting stations, block count

Iraq

Shia leader Sadr's alliance set to win in Iraq polls

With 91 percent of ballots counted, alliance of Muqtada al-Sadr is in the lead in six provinces, including Baghdad.

Iraq election: Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr alliance set to win

Opinion

How Iraq's elections proved 'status quo' expectations wrong

Iraq's election was supposed to seal the political status quo, but Iraqis voted against it.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Reporter's Notebook

In Mosul's Old City, fear of ISIL still looms

Anger at lack of progress to reconstruct Old City of Mosul could give rise to other armed groups after ISIL.

Middle East

Iraq election: Hope amid frustration for Mosul residents

Iraq estimates it needs $88bn to rebuild areas destroyed in the fight against ISIL, as residents in Mosul fear that if they 'don't have basic infrastructure and jobs, then that's the perfect recipe for terrorism to return'.

Iraq

Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr leading in Iraq's election

Influential religious leader emerging as leading contender with over half the votes counted, officials say.

Iraq

Iraq vote: Initial results show Muqtada al-Sadr leading

Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr appears ahead in preliminary results of the Iraqi general elections.

Iraq vote: Initial results show Muqtada al-Sadr leading

Middle East

Iraq election: Polls show Iraqi PM lags behind Shia rivals

Partial results show coalition linked to Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr is the current frontrunner while Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is lagging in third place.

Iraq

Iraq: Election results within two days, turnout at record low

Iraqi officials say 44.5 percent of voters cast ballots in election seen as verdict on PM Haider al-Abadi's tenure.

Iraq

Vote counting under way in first poll since ISIL defeat

Iraqi officials say 44.5 percent of voters cast ballots in election seen as verdict on PM Haider al-Abadi's tenure.