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VIDEO: Early results place Sadr bloc in lead position to determine next Iraq PM

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Populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his bloc of parties are set to win Iraq’s parliamentary election and placed into a position to determine the country's next prime minister after prelimary results showed them in the lead.

In the first election since the defeat of ISIS in the country, Iran-backed Shiite militia chief Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc was in second place, while current Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi trailed in third.

Sadr and Amiri both came in first in four of the 10 provinces where votes were counted, but the cleric's bloc won significantly more votes in the capital, Baghdad, which has the highest number of seats.

Al Arabiya's Shadaan Hammam reports.