Al-Sadr in his victory speech: It is the day of victory over the militias
The source said in the televised speech, "Praise be to God, who cherished the reform with its largest bloc, neither Eastern nor Western."
He added that "the day of the people, the state and the heroic security forces, a day in which the oppressed triumphed over the oppressor," adding that it is "the day of determination, steadfastness and victory over the militias."
Al-Sadr continued, saying, "Come to a reform paper instead of sharing the cake and interests...Reform has achieved the largest bloc," noting that "there is no place for corruption and the corrupt after today."
He stressed, "The arms must be confined to the hands of the state, and the use of arms outside it is prohibited, even those who claim resistance and those like it," adding, "It is time for the people to live in peace without militias."
Al-Sadr assured the embassies of foreign countries by saying, "All embassies are welcome unless they interfere in Iraqi affairs and form the government."
He called on his supporters to celebrate without armed manifestations, saying, "Let the people's celebration of the largest bloc be without armed manifestations and without disturbing others."
The Electoral Commission had published the preliminary results of the elections by publishing the names of the winners without specifying the seats for each bloc.
According to figures reported by the official news agency, the "Sadr bloc" led by al-Sadr came first with 73 seats (out of 329), followed by the "Progress" bloc led by the dissolved Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi with 38 seats.
The "State of Law" bloc led by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came in third place with 37 seats.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Sadr's supporters celebrated in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad.
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