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Shia Muslim scholar Muqtada al-Sadr’s party has become the biggest winner in Iraq’s parliamentarian election after it swept the vote and increased the number of seats the influential cleric holds in parliament, initial results and officials say. On Monday evening, a count, based on initial results from a number of Iraqi provinces as well as the capital Baghdad, verified by local government officials, showed that Sadr’s party, known as the Sadrist Movement, had managed to secure more than 70 of the 329-seat parliament.

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