Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and head of the country’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri have announced a political alliance between their parties.
The announcement was made on Tuesday during a joint press conferences held in the Iraqi city of Najaf.
Sadr’s Sairoon bloc won 54 out of 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament. The Fatah (Conquest) alliance, led by Badr Organization Secretary General Hadi al-Ameri, and Abadi’s Nasr (Victory) coalition finished second and third with 47 and 42 seats, respectively.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that he is opposed any rerun of the May 12 parliamentary election, and warned that those who try to disrupt the political process would be punished.
“The matter is exclusively in the hands of the judiciary, not politicians. The government and parliament don’t have the power to cancel the election,” he said.
On Sunday, the storage site housing ballot boxes from Iraq’s May parliamentary elections caught fire ahead of a recount.
On Monday, Iraqi state television announced that three of the suspects are members of the country’s police force while the other is a employee of the Independent High Elections Commission.