Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's list appeared to be leading in Iraq's parliamentary election, followed by influential Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance, an Election Commission source and a security official said on Sunday.
Several senior political figures had previously told AFP that preliminary results put Abadi in the lead, on course to scoop 60 of the 329 parliament seats up for grabs. Reuters could not independently verify the document's authenticity but the results in it for the 10 provinces announced by the electoral commission matched those of the commission. While his Mahdi army was once regarded as being heavily reliant on Iranian-supplied expertise, Sadr has now positioned himself as an opponent of Iranian influence - at least when his rivals such as Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani are involved.
A similar fate could befall Sadr.
Abadi placed first in Iraq's second largest province, Nineveh, but he performed poorly in the rest of the country, coming in third and fourth place in most provinces, and fifth in Baghdad. After the 2003 U.S. invasion, Mr Al Sadr formed the Mehdi army militia to fight American troops and later commanded his paramilitary forces against ISIS.
Both Mr Al Sadr and Mr Al Ameri are long-time political veterans well-known to Iraqis, but both campaigned to sweep the country's reviled elite from politics. Iran has publicly stated it would not allow his bloc to govern.
"Everybody is welcome to provide support to Iraq, but not at the expense of its sovereignty and independence", he added.
The election came as the country deals with the disenfranchisement of the country's Sunni minority.
Iraq has been ranked among the worlds most corrupt countries, with high unemployment, rife poverty, weak public institutions and bad services despite high oil revenues for many years. "Iraq first, eradicate corruption, and a technocratic government". Authorities are seeking as much as $88 billion for postwar reconstruction. His fathers cousin, Mohammed Baqir, was killed by Saddam in 1980.
Like the United States, Iran will now also have to recalibrate how to advance its interests in Iraq, where Sadr's independence has made him attractive to some of Iran's rivals in the Arab world. He also has said he is open to USA training of Iraq's military and regularly meets with US diplomats in Baghdad.
After the announcement that the Marching Towards Reform was ahead in Baghdad, supporters took the streets in the capital to celebrate a win.
On Wednesday, Ayatollah Khameni said Mr Trump had "made a mistake" in deciding to leave a multi-country nuclear deal. Iran responded with frustration, but it now appears to be engaging in a more off-the-cuff manner.
The Parc Des Princes side are also planning to make their loan deal for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe a permanent transfer at £165m. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar took the prize despite missing the last three months of the season due to injury.
Last night, after making a glam red carpet appearance, Sonam rocked a Delpozo outfit during the Auction dinner. Yet she outdid all of them with her stunning appearances and here is how she getting hotter than ever.
Medium pacer Siddarth Kual leaked 40 runs from his three overs as the Sunrisers bowlers had a rare collective off day. After the match, Kane Williamson conceded that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by the southern rivals.
Nadal wouldn't extend the record further though, dropping his very next set to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of Madrid Open. By this stage, though, Thiem did not need anybody telling him that he was on his way to a major upset victory.
Merkava Mark IV tanks are deployed next to cows near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018 . Iranian targets have repeatedly been hit inside Syria in recent weeks in attacks thought to have been conducted by Israel.
The academy's head and Ms Frostenson also subsequently stepped down followed by a sixth member last week. Several of the alleged incidents were reported to have happened in properties belonging to the academy.
Marvel's latest film Avengers: Infinity War broke numerous records to become one of the highest grossing films of all time. It made an estimated $343 million at the foreign box office overall this weekend, more than half of which is from China .
E-invitation for Sonam Kapoor's wedding
Post this movie, she will resume shooting for the other films in her basket- Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and The Zoya Factor . And then, in a separate post, Kapoor thanked those closest to her for their love and support. "Best of luck @Cannes".
Pompeo says U.S. will help North Korea economy if it disarms
He said past efforts to denuclearize North Korea had failed because of hasty rewards and the same mistakes should not be repeated. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News .
YouTube will tell you when you're watching too much YouTube
So it's likely that in the near future, you'll see plenty of other apps coming out with an updated Material Design look and feel. The new feature is now available on YouTube Android app version 13.17+ and comes in line with Google's attempt with Android P.
RailRiders show appreciation for mothers in their lives
May you continue to be your savage self forever mom! Enjoy this day nanny for you deserve it, happy mother's day nanny. It was a very strenuous hike, but the goal was to get to the top (6,760 feet above sea level) and mom didn't stop.
Pak action halts U.S. bid to airlift killer diplomat
Sources said that the U.S. diplomat wasn't present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the media reports, and a U.S.
'I needed this pole', admits Hamilton
Cleanup required a safety vehicle , extending the streak of safety auto (or virtual safety car) appearances to five this season. Leclerc scored points for the second race in a row, setting him up nicely for the next in his home town of Monaco.
Zverev captures Madrid Open title to cap dominant week
With Thiem unable to even threaten to break back, Zverev sealed the win with the first of his two Championship points. After conceding an early break for 2-0, Thiem's only sniff came at 5-4 when he opened up 0-30 on the Zverev serve.