By Haydar Hadi
Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced on Tuesday that he has forged an alliance with the Fatah Coalition to form the biggest group in Iraq's parliament.
In a joint news briefing with his new ally, Sadr also affirmed the continuation of his alliance with Iyad Allawi's al-Wataniye coalition.
In last month’s Iraqi parliamentary election, Sadr's Sairoon coalition won 54 parliamentary seats, according to official results.
Sairoon was followed by a Hashd al-Shaabi-linked coalition (47 seats) and Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi's Victory Bloc (42 seats).
Al-Wataniye also won 21 seats.