Rivals of Iraqi PM 'make gains' in vote count

Iraqis vote in 1st election since Daesh defeat

Iraqis vote in 1st election since Daesh defeat

An alliance of candidates with close ties to Iraq's powerful Shiite paramilitary groups are in a close second while Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (C) speaks as he presents candidates running on his list during an electoral campaign rally in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala on May 4, 2018.

The race to become Iraq's next prime minister appeared wide open Monday as two outsider alliances looked to be in the lead after the first elections since the defeat of the IS group.

Initial tallies have Mr Abadi just ahead of Mr Ameri, with an anti-establishment alliance of Shia cleric Moqtada al Sadr and communists in third.

The official turnout was expected to be low as numerous roughly 24.5 million voters skipped the parliamentary ballot, despite it passing off largely peacefully.

The governor of Iraq's Kirkuk province declared a curfew on Saturday and ordered a manual recount of votes there in the national election, saying an electronic counting system had produced an "illogical" result. The results are from 10 of the country's 19 provinces, including Baghdad and Basra.

Both Sadr's bloc and the bloc loyal to Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Brigade, are the top two right now, with Abadi's state of law in third.

Entrenched corruption, the influence of Iran and the future of U.S. forces now in Iraq are other issues that have dominated the run-up to the election.

Celebrations erupted in Baghdad's Sadr Metropolis, an impoverished quarter that's dwelling to some three million folks and is called after the cleric's late father, Ayatollah Mohammad Sadq al-Sadr.

Final vote figures aren't expected for another day or so, but as of Sunday evening, preliminary votes showed a shocking turn in Iraq's weekend vote.

More than ten million Iraqis voted.

The nationwide popular vote does not directly correspond to the amount of seats each list gains in parliament.

Results are expected within 48 hours, according to the electoral commission.

Any political occasion or alliance should acquire a majority of Iraq's 329 seats in parliament to have the ability to select a main minister and type a authorities.

The US-led coalition that helped battle IS pledged to work with the elected government to ensure the jihadists' "lasting defeat" and said Saturday's poll proved Iraqis "emphatically rejected violent extremism".

Dozens of alliances ran for workplace in these elections and months of negotiations are anticipated earlier than anybody alliance can pull collectively the 165 required seats.

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