Al-Ahrar Bloc

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Al-Ahrar Bloc
كتلة الأحرار
Leader Dia al-Asadi
(Political leader)
Muqtada al-Sadr
(Spiritual leader)
Headquarters Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq Iraq
Ideology Muqtada al-Sadr Thought
Reformism[1][2]
Anti-corruption[1][3]
Religion Shia Islam
Seats in the Council of Representatives of Iraq
34 / 328
Seats in the Governorate Councils:
43 / 440
Governors:
1 / 18
Website
http://www.pc-sader.com/

The Al-Ahrar Bloc (Arabic: كتلة الأحرار‎, translit. Kotlat Al-Ahrar or Liberal Bloc) is an Iraqi Shia Islamist political coalition formed for the 2014 Iraqi parliamentary election. It is headed by Dia Najem Abdallah al-Asadi.

The mainly Shia movement having the support of religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr[4][5] strongly opposed a third term form Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia himself, in forming an Iraqi government and said it would not partake in a government by the latter whose State of Law Coalition had won the biggest number of seats in the new parliament. Al-Ahrar states prominently in its party platform that it wants to fight corruption which it says is rampant in al-Maliki-run government.[4]

History

The coalition is considered a Sadrist Movement,[6] despite the announcement of its leader Muqtada al-Sadr of withdrawing from political life.[7]

In the 2009 Governorate Elections, the Sadrist Movement had taken part under the name Independent Free Movement List winning 43 out of 440 seats.

During the 2010 Parliamentary Elections, the Sadrist Movement was part of the National Iraqi Alliance.

In 2014 Iraqi parliamentary elections, The Sadrists formed Al Ahrar Bloc, their own political coalition for the elections. Headed by Dia al-Asadi, it strongly opposed a third term for Prime Minister al-Maliki and his large grouping State of Law Coalition.

2014 parliamentary elections

Al-Ahrar Bloc has won 34 seats in the 2014 Iraqi Parliament, making it the second political grouping in the Iraqi parliament. The seats are divided as follows:

Governorate Seats Won Total Seats
Anbar 15
Babil 3 17
Baghdad 6 69
Basra 3 25
Dahuk 11
Dhi Qar 2 19
Diyala 1 14
Erbil 15
Karbala 2 11
Kirkuk 12
Maysan 3 10
Muthanna 1 7
Najaf 2 12
Ninawa 31
Qādisiyyah 2 11
Salah ad-Din 12
Sulaymaniyah 18
Wassit 3 11
Minority seats - 8
Total 34* 325
  • ) includes: Other allied forces - 6 seats

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Iraq: Sadrist resignations threaten new political crisis". ASHARQ AL-AWSAT. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ http://topnews-nasserkandil.com/topnews/share.php?sms_id=17973&mod=1&locale=en[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Al Ahrar Bloc - Sadrist Movement". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Iraq: Sadrist resignations threaten new political crisis". ASHARQ AL-AWSAT. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ رسائل وتوجيهات السيد (in Arabic)
  6. ^ "Al Ahrar Bloc - Sadrist Movement". Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  7. ^ BBC Arabic: الانتخابات العراقية وتحديات العملية السياسية (in Arabic)

External links

  • Al-Ahrar Bloc official website
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