The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on Saturday announced the full results of the country's snap parliamentary elections, showing Moqtada al-Sadr's party taking the lead.

Iran PressMiddle East: Judge Jalil Adnan Khalaf, chairman of the Board of Commissioners at IHEC, announced the results at a press conference without giving details on the political entities or the numbers of seats won by major competing political blocs.

The full results, released after a manual counting of the electoral votes, have no tangible change from the initial results announced Monday by IHEC.

According to local media reports, the initial results showed al-Sadr's party, the Sadrist Movement, leading with 73 seats, whereas former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's party, the State of Law Coalition, securing 34 seats in Baghdad and other central and southern provinces.

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The political alliance is known as Taqaddum, or Progress, headed by outgoing parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, who won about 37 seats in Baghdad and other Sunni provinces.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani, won most seats of the Kurdish parties with 33 seats, mainly in Erbil and Duhok.

The Iraqi parliamentary elections, originally scheduled for 2022, were advanced in response to months of protests against corruption and a lack of public services.

Millions of Iraqis on Oct. 10 headed to about 8,000 polling centers across the country to vote for 3,249 candidates vying for 329 seats in the next parliament.

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