Sadr wins the recount: nothing changes except an improvement in Iraq’s political mood

Muqtada al-Sadr’s alliance wins the vote recount, retaining all 54 of the 329 seats it won in the May 12 vote, with the only change being an extra seat for the Conquest Alliance of pro-Iranian former paramilitary fighters led by Hadi al-Amiri, which remains in second place. This outcome is confidence building, and is good news for Iraq’s new nationalistic-cum-pluralistic political temper, the country having been sidelined for too long in a sectarian cul-de-sac.

In the intervening period, however, Haidar al-Abadi, has not only lost the election, but also his credibility as prime minister, as a result of his now clear inability to tackle corruption.

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