ABADI’S BIG FAIL IN IRAQ AS SADRISTS TRIUMPH
He defeated ISIS, but couldn’t defeat the Iraqi electorate. Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi thought that his “victory” coalition could romp home in the May 12 elections. Instead he has been upended by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who ran in a coalition with communists. The Shi’ite militias who are close to Iran and led by Hadi al-Amiri also did well.
Slightly less than half of Iraq’s eligible voters turned out to vote in the first elections since ISIS was defeated in the country. Sadr, a vocal critic of Iran’s influence in Iraq and an avowed enemy of the United States, appears to have won 54 seats in the 329 seat parliament. Amiri’s “Fateh” list, which is made up of militia members from the Popular Mobilization Units, a group of mostly Shi’ite militias formed to fight ISIS, took 42 seats. Source