Iraq's al-Sadr says next government w...

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

May 20, 2018 Read more: SFGate
BAGHDAD (AP) - Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, says the next government will be "inclusive." The May 12 vote did not produce a single bloc with a majority, raising the prospect of weeks or even months of negotiations to agree on a government. Speaking late Saturday after talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi - their first postelection meeting - al-Sadr said no one will be excluded from the next government, without elaborating. Al-Sadr, whose followers fought U.S. forces in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, won 54 of the chamber's 329 seats. Al-Abadi's "Victory" bloc finished third with 42 seats in a surprisingly poor showing.

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