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Iraq PM orders calm in Kirkuk amid election fraud protests

Iraq PM orders calm in Kirkuk amid election fraud protests

In a message on messaging app Telegram, Al-Muhajir had warned of attacks on the "Shia government in Iraq", and polling stations with voters and election officials.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support.

The Saturday election was the first since the government declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group in 2017.

An official told AFP under condition of anonymity that initial tallies had Abadi's list just ahead of that of Ameri, with an anti-establishment alliance of Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr and communists in third.

The announcement Sunday night comes a day after polls closed across Iraq.

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, seen in the posters, celebrate in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, early Monday, May 14, 2018. Sadr's father, highly respected Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq Al Sadr, was murdered in 1999 for defying Saddam Hussein.

Seats in parliament can be allotted proportionately to coalitions as soon as all votes are counted.

Al-Abadi sought to retain his publish as prime minister after overseeing the army defeat of the IS motion, however confronted stiff competitors from his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki, in addition to al-Sadr and the Fatah alliance of candidates with paramilitary ties.

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Al-Sadr commanded fighters within the conflict in opposition to the IS group and headed a robust militia that fought USA forces in Iraq previous to 2011, however his 2018 marketing campaign targeted on social points and eliminating authorities corruption.

Reuters could not independently verify the document's authenticity but the numbers in it, which showed the results from all 18 provinces, matched those of the electoral commission in the 10 provinces for which it has announced results.

Recently Saudi Arabia has also indicated interest in the internal Iraqi politics with an objective of curbing Iranian influence in Iraq.

The alliance is an umbrella of 26 political parties and blocs, including the Civil Society for Reform party of Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri.

Voting for the Parliamentary elections in Iraq began on Saturday amid tight security, including aerial surveillance.

The new president will within 15 days formally task the largest parliamentary bloc's nominee with forming a government.

If parliament chooses him as prime minister, Abadi will remain under pressure to maintain that balancing act amid tensions between Washington and Tehran over the nuclear accord.

The structure units a quota for feminine illustration, stating that at least one-fourth of parliament members have to be ladies. Almost 2,600 women are running for office this year.