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Iraqi independents to form new parliamentary bloc

Representatives of the demonstrations and independent candidates did well in the Iraqi elections, unsettling many existing political elites.
An Iraqi demonstrator holds a placard during an anti-government demonstration by Basra University students in the southern city of Basra, on Feb. 11, 2020.

A group of independents and representatives from the October Movement plan to form an independent parliamentary bloc to oppose powerful forces and parties in the political arena.

Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission announced on Oct. 17 the final results of Iraq's elections. Independent candidates and representatives of the October Movement won 40 seats. The Sadrist movement, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, placed first with 73 parliamentary seats out of 329, followed by the Taqaddom alliance with 37 seats and the State of Law Coalition with 34 seats. The Kurdistan Democratic Party, the ruling party in Kurdistan, won 32 seats. The Fatah Alliance, which represents the political wing of the Popular Mobilization Units, won 17 seats, and the Kurdistan Alliance, which includes the National Union and other Kurdish forces, won 16 seats.

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