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Iraq’s Abadi congratulates Sadr on election performance

Mina Aldroubi writes for The National:

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi telephoned Moqtada Al Sadr on Tuesday in what appeared to be a political concession after the Shiite cleric took the largest number of parliamentary seats in the country's weekend election.

Final results have been delayed amid allegations of vote rigging in northern Iraq, with some Kurdish parties demanding a re-run of the weekend's poll.

A statement from Mr Al Sadr’s office said the premier praised the cleric for helping foster “a secure, democratic atmosphere,” during the campaign and vote.

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