With 95% of votes counted, Moqtadr al-Sadr in pole position to choose next prime minister

An Iraqi nationalist cleric who led two uprisings against US troops has taken a surprise lead in parliamentary elections, beating off Iran-backed rivals and the country’s incumbent prime minister, the electoral commission has said.

With 95% of the votes counted in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, Moqtadr al-Sadr, a rare enemy of both the US and Iran, is ahead with Tehran-backed Shia militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc in second place and the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, trailing in third.

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