Clérigo xiita Moqtada al-Sadr assume liderança inesperadas nas eleições do Iraque
May 14, 2018 -- A ampla desilusão com a actual classe política do Iraque parece ter ajudado a coligação do influente clérigo xiita Moqtada al-Sadr a tornar-se um favorito nas eleições nacionais marcadas pela mais baixa afluência de sempre.
Partial returns of the 2018 vote – the first since Iraq declared victory over the so-called Islamic State group – were announced late Sunday by the Iraqi electoral commission and put al-Sadr’s political alliance in the lead in four provinces, including Baghdad.
The election came as the country deals with the disenfranchisement of the country’s Sunni minority. Of more than two million Iraqis displaced by the war, the majority are Sunnis. Also at issue is the influence of Iran on the country – Iranian-backed Shiite militias who played a key role in defeating IS and were allied with the Shiite-led Baghdad government made significant electoral gains.