Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary election

Shi'ite cleric Sadr leads in Iraq's parliamentary electionBy Huda Majeed and Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, pointing to a surprise comeback for the powerful Shi’ite cleric who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite militia leader Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Tehran, was in second place, according to the count of over 95 percent of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces.



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