Sunny: Hang in there everybody. Frank26: “MY HEART IS CELEBRATING…..YOU WILL TOO SOON….”
CharlieOK: OK; Sadr said he was giving A his votes. The understanding is allegedly that A has to agree to the MR. However; does A coming in a ridiculous third place position place S plus A in a non-control position?
Briona: Abadi will continue to be the Prime Minister and should function as he did prior to the election, but I think, now Iraq is better off with Iran’s influence diminished.
Briona: CharlieOK, that is the way Iraqs parliament works. Remember when Maliki became Prime Minister, even though he did not win the election…. The winner makes the decision, and he felt Abadi was the better man to pick as PM.
Briona: I believe Sadr’s winning is actually a better outcome for Iraq, as he will keep pressure on Abadi, that he didn’t have before, to get the monetary reform done, to get control of corruption, and keep Iran’s influence to a minimum.
Sunny:  Thanks to Ed in chat for bringing this in.  It would not copy and paste so I retyped it.  Any errors in spelling, content are mine – Sunny
Moqtada al-Sadr, agreed to give Prime Minister Haider Abadi a second t?erm, during the meeting they had just gathered in Baghdad.
Baghdad Today – SPECIAL:
A source familiar with the Sadrist movement, the scenes of the meeting of the leader of the current Moqtada al-Sadr, Prime Minister Haider Abadi in Baghdad.
The source said in an interview with Baghdad Today that “the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, agreed to give Prime Minister Haider Abadi a second term, during the meeting they had just gathered in Baghdad.”
He added that “Sadr demanded the return of Abadi from the Dawa Party and pledges to fight corruption fully, including names influential in the political process.”
Sadr’s office revealed details of Sadr’s meeting in Baghdad after midnight on Sunday.