Ex-Shiite PM wins Sadr grouping referendum for future PM

17:27, April 07, 2010      

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The former Shiite prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari won Wednesday the referendum held earlier in the week by the Sadr political movement on who should be the country's next prime minister, local TV channel reported.

"The former prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari was leading in the referendum of the next primmer," the Baghdadia television quoted Salah al-Ubaidi, spokesman of Muqtada al-Sadr movement, as saying in a press conference in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, some 160 km south of Baghdad.

Ubaidi said that Jaafari garnered 24 percent of the votes of the two-day referendum which was held on Friday and Saturday over five candidates.

Sadr's referendum which has no legal reference in the country's constitution came after disputed results of the March 7 parliamentary polls that gave slender lead to the political bloc of Iraqia led by former premier Ayad Allawi over his main rival and outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Neither party has won enough seats to form a coalition government.

Sadr, who currently is in Iran where he is pursuing clerical studies in the holy Shiite city of Qom, has met several politicians from the Iraqi Shiite parties who were dispatched to Qom to gain Sadr's support after his movement garnered 40 of the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) 70 seats, making his movement a leading party in the INA.

Source: Xinhua


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