‘Al-Iraqiya suffers heavy defeat in Iraq election'

‘Al-Iraqiya suffers heavy defeat in Iraq election'
Mon May 6, 2013 19:47:21

An Iraqi parliamentarian has described the defeat of Al-Iraqiya political party led by Ayad Alavi, in recent provincial council elections as tangible and noteworthy.

In an interview with Al-Alam, Vahdah al-Jamili said on Monday that the Iraqiya list lost its grip on the provinces in which it had won provincial council elections.

However he added that the results of the election were not satisfactorily for any party and in comparison to previous elections the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition also lost some of its seats in this round of election.

However, the Iraqi lawmaker described the defeat of Al-Iraqiya, which is mainly a cross-sectarian and largely secular bloc, as the most noticeable event in the current vote.

He said although Al-Iraqiya contains some Islamic parties, but the main approach of this party is the same as Liberal and Secular parties. 

He said there was a low turnout of Iraqi citizens in the elections due to the escalating feeling of insecurity among the people all over the country.

He said Al-Iraqiya has earlier divided to separate 3 lists to participate in the election but later it has decided to be united and perform as a coalition. “However the emerging crises within the party has avoided the separate lists to regain its unity”, al-Jamili said.

Al-Maliki's State of Law coalition won the most provincial council seats in seven of the 12 provinces that voted, according to results released on Saturday.

However, no list won a majority of seats in any of the provinces.

The vote for provincial councils was the first election held since US troops withdrew from Iraq in late 2011.

State of Law led in Baghdad, Karbala, Babil, Diwaniyah, Basra, Dhi Qar, and Muthanna provinces, and tied for first with Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council chief Ammar al-Hakim's Citizen's Coalition in Wasit.