Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference with the Leader of the Conquest Coalition Hadi al-Amiri, in Najaf, Iraq on June 12.
Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a news conference with the Leader of the Conquest Coalition Hadi al-Amiri, in Najaf, Iraq on June 12.

Sadr Announces Alliance With Ameri

Sadr Announces Alliance With Ameri

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Tuesday a surprise political alliance with Hadi al-Ameri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the war-scarred country's May 12 parliamentary election, AFP reported.
The move by Sadr was unexpected by much of the political class as he had suggested unwillingness to work with Ameri and his bloc. But at a joint press conference with Ameri in the Shia holy city of Najaf, Sadr hailed the formation of "a true alliance to accelerate the formation of a national government away from any dogmatism."
Confusion has gripped Iraq since Sadr's electoral alliance with communists won the vote. Last week Iraq's parliament ordered a manual vote recount and sacked the commission which oversaw the polls amid mounting claims of electoral fraud. "This is a call to all those who care about national interests... we will set up committees to discuss with all ways to accelerate the drafting of a government program," said Ameri, whose group played a key role last year in the defeat of the self-styled Islamic State terror group.
By forming a coalition with Ameri, Sadr moves a step closer to getting enough seats to generate a majority in the 329 seat parliament.

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