In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have stormed the fortified Green Zone in the capital Baghdad. They broke into the parliament building where they demanded sweeping reforms to tackle corruption.
The Shiite cleric's coalition with the communists won the most seats, but that doesn't ensure the alliance will get the prime minister post. Negotiations to form a new government could take months.
Iraqis have voted electronically to elect lawmakers for 329 parliamentary seats. There is no clear front-runner as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from his predecessor.
Just under half of Iraq's voting population cast a ballot to choose 329 parliamentarians. Higher turnout was observed in areas that were freed from "Islamic State" occupation.
He has been called an anti-American militant, a cross-sectarian reformer and a new hope for Iraq. From waging war against US troops to winning big at elections, DW explores the evolution of Muqtada al-Sadr.
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