After election victory, Sadr tweets to Iraqis ‘we will not let you down’

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Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr said in a tweet on Saturday that he would not let Iraqis down after his parliamentary election victory.

“Your vote is an honor for us and a responsibility we will shoulder,” Sadr said in a Twitter post.


He added: “We will not let you down, and the blame is placed on those who failed Iraq.”

The tweet comes following the confirmation of the official results of the Iraqi parliamentary election last night, with a sweeping win of the Sairoon Alliance made up of the Sadrist Movement and the Communist Party.

The tweet draws speculation about the intended party especially when he said: “who failed reform” which was interpreted as hinting to Haider al-Abadi government, consequently meaning that Sadr and in order to form the new government, will pull away from allying with al-Abadi’s al-Nasar Alliance which came in third place after the Fatah Alliance came second.

It is worth mentioning that the Sairoon Alliance supported by Sadr, won 54 seats in the parliament followed by the Fatah Alliance which includes the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization Units with 47 seats, and 42 seats for al- Nasr Alliance headed by al-Abadi.

Also the State of Law Coalition led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, won 26 seats, while the Kurdistan Democratic Party headed by Masoud al-Barzani won 25 seats in the Iraqi parliament.

Election results repercussions

The Iraqi parliament is set to hold a deliberative session on Saturday headed by Salim al-Jabouri to discuss the repercussions of the election results. Expected to attend the meeting are 105 deputies.

Recent leaked information claim that Jabouri decided to hold an extraordinary session of the Federal Parliament to discuss the post-election results crisis. The meeting also seeks to discuss the lingering questioning of the electoral commission’s integrity.

Meanwhile, local media sites circulated a copy of a request made by dozens of deputies to the heads of parliament to hold a meeting and discuss the matter.

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