Iraqis vote in first parliamentary election since 2019 mass protests

The main contest is expected to be between the two largest blocs in the outgoing parliament – the nationalist Saeroun alliance of populist Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who wants to end Iranian and other foreign influence in Iraq, and the pro-Iranian Fatah alliance, mainly made up of parties affiliated with Shia militias in the Popular Mobilisation.