Shia cleric Sadr in Baghdad for talks on government formation

File – Iraqi women cross a street near a poster of Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in the Sadr City district of Baghdad. (Reuters photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr departed Najaf for Baghdad on Monday for talks on the formation of a new government, after his movement wins most votes in Iraq’s October 10 election.

Ryadh Masoudi, leader in the Sadrist movement, said Sadr would supervise talks on the formation of a new government with other blocs in the Iraqi capital, according to Iraqi media.

Shafaq News cited a source as saying that Sadr would hold talks with other blocs that are considered as winning blocs in the Iraqi parliamentary election.

Iraq’s electoral commission said late on Saturday that voter turnout in the elections had reached 43%. It was 41 percent when the commission announced preliminary results.

Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said his movement secured the biggest number of seats in the 329-seat parliament, adding that he would not challenge the results.

A negotiation delegation from the Sadrist movement will visit the Kurdistan Region to discuss with the Kurdish parties the formation of a coalition and a new government, member of the movement Hakim Zamli told Esta Media Network.

Kurds have secured 63 seats of the Iraqi Council of Representatives during the general election, according to the preliminary results announced by the electoral commission.

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