Multi-party polls indicate new players to enter Iraqi political landscape

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Multi-party polls on Iraq’s parliamentary elections show that new players may change the political outcome, which has since 2005 been dominated by Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni parties and led by the Islamic Dawa party.

Many have questioned the poll’s results, this is evident among those who are performing lower than they had expected.

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The poll results showed progress made by the State of Law Coalition and Fatah Alliance in the election ranks. Topping the charts, hovering between first and second, is Prime Minister Haider al-Abbadi.

They also showed a decline in the National Iraqi Alliance’s progress. The former can be attributed to the rise of distortion campaigns, ultimately affecting its candidates, and the number of parties joining with financial suspicions.

Also, the polls forecast that the Saairun Alliance will attain less than 30 seats. Following it is the National Wisdom Movement, which is led by Ammar al-Hakim.

While the results stirred resentment among various parties and entities, observers said that they do not reflect the reality of the elections and the error margin is at 10 percent.

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