PBS NewsHour

Iraq election frontrunner tapped widespread frustration

Clip: 05/14/2018 | 2m 44s

A firebrand cleric is leading the vote count after Iraq’s weekend parliamentary election. Results from Iraq's electoral commission show a startling apparent upset by the party led by Muqtada al-Sadr, a former symbol of sectarianism and resistance turned populist politician. U.S.-backed incumbent prime minister Haidar Al-Abadi is running third in most districts. Nick Schifrin reports.

Aired: 05/14/18

Rating: NR

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