PM Abadi leading Iraq election, Sadr strong

Iraqi electoral commission employees examine electronic counting machine print-outs. (AFP)
Updated 13 May 2018
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PM Abadi leading Iraq election, Sadr strong

  • Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s list appears to be leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election followed by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr’s alliance
  • Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first election since the defeat of Daesh militants inside the country

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s list appears to be leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election followed by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr’s alliance, an election commission source and a security official said.

Abadi won 60 seats and Al-Sadr's coalition has 51, out of the total votes counted so far.
The sources cited unofficial initial results.
Iraqis voted on Saturday in the first election since the defeat of Daesh militants inside the country. Final results are expected on Monday.
Turnout was low at around 45 percent, according to the election commission.
Abadi, a rare ally of both the United States and Iran, was mainly concerned with fending off Shiite groups other than Sadr’s alliance, which are seeking to pull the country closer to Tehran.
Unofficial results compiled by Reuters reporters in southern provinces also indicated that Sadr, a firebrand cleric who led a violent uprising against US troops from 2003-2011, appeared to be making a strong showing.
If the Sadr list finished second, that would mark a surprise comeback by the cleric. He is popular among the poor but has been sidelined by influential Iranian-backed figures.


Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

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Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

BEIRUT: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams and defies the state, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference on Friday.  

He addded that the group puts Lebanon on the front lines of Iran’s proxy campaigns, and that it will take courage for Lebanon to stand up to Hezbollah’s criminality, terror and threats. 

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo warned on Friday of Shiite militant group Hezbollah's "destabilising activities" as he visited Lebanon on a regional tour to build a united front against Iran.
He flew in from Israel a day after he became the first high-ranking American official to visit the Western Wall in annexed east Jerusalem with an Israeli prime minister.
His visit also came just hours after US President Donald Trump said Washington should recognise Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, breaking with the policy of successive administrations as well as UN Security Council resolutions.