The Shiite coalition won the largest number of votes. WaPo.
No surprise here. Well, maybe there is a lucky surprise that they only won 47.6% of the vote and therefore don’t have a majority. And furthermore, the Kurds seem to be overrepresented and that’s a good thing because they’re the only group in Iraq that genuinely likes us. However, Shiites are represented in some of the parties compromising the other 52.4%, so they will have the most powerful influence in the new government.
The thought occurred to me that the reason why the Shiites have been going along with us recently is that they have enough sense to understand that the elections we supported are putting them in power. Once they’re firmly in charge, they may very well turn hostile.