Iraqi election victor Al-Sadr hints at alliances to form government

Iraqi election victor Al-Sadr hints at alliances to form government

Sadr, an opponent to both US and Iranian influence in Iraq, was followed by Iran-backed Shia militia leader Hadi Al Amiri's coalition.

While Sadr's unlikely Marching Towards Reform alliance with Iraq's communists looks on course to be the biggest group in parliament - it faces many obstacles.

Influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Monday revealed potential political allies needed to form a new government following Saturday's as-of-yet inconclusive elections.

Iranian officials have already stated they will block Sadr's coalition. Corruption has been at the top of Sadr's agenda for several years.

In a 2010 election, Vice President Ayad Allawi's group won the largest number of seats, albeit with a narrow margin, but he was blocked from becoming premier for which he blamed Tehran. Closely associated with the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps is considered a puppet politician of Iran.

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He did not provide details. "Our situation is likely to get tougher", said the group's co-chair Marta Pardavi. Warsaw faces possible moves to suspend its membership rights.

Sadr faces a hard act to herd together enough groups from across Iraq's fragmented political spectrum to form a government.

Whether he can convince Abadi - a key member of the establishment Dawa party that has dominated Iraq for years - to turn his back on his former stablemates and team up remains a major question.

Despite winning the popular vote and controlling the most seats, Sadr will not become prime minister because he did not run in the election, but his victory puts him in position to choose someone for the job.

Abadi - who came to power in 2014 as IS rampaged across Iraq - has balanced off the United States and Iran during his time at the helm. Iran has publicly stated it will not allow his bloc to govern.

Sadr made a witty suggestion on Twitter as to who might be included in a future ruling coalition.

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