INTERVIEW: Shock election results in Iraq
By Zaid Al-Ali, May 18, 2018
AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION: Iraq recently held its first parliamentary election since the defeat of Islamic State on its territory. Seasoned observers expected the incumbent Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, who is favoured by the US, to win the most votes. Instead his party is running third to Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, a former militia leader who fought US troops following the Iraq invasion. So where do these results leave this ethnically divided nation?