>> A deadly blast and a recount of votes is raising tensions in Iraq, prompting Muqtada al-Sadr to call on his followers to stay calm. The Iraqi cleric scored a surprise victory in the May 12th vote, promising to fight corruption and improve services. He's ordered an investigation into a blast in his main stronghold in Baghdad, that killed 18 people and wounded 90.
The Interior Ministry opening their own investigation, saying the explosion was caused by the detonation of an ammunitions cache. The incident happening hours after Parliament ordered a nationwide recount of votes in the election. Reuters' Ahmed Aboulenein in Baghdad.>> Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was blocked unexpectedly came third in the election, said the process had been rightful serious violation.
He blamed members of the independent High Election Commission for most of the violations and Parliament backed him, voting for a nationwide recount and suspending the commission's leadership, replacing it with judges.>> After the move, Muqtada al-Sadr's top aide took to Twitter, expressing concern that some parties are trying to sabotage his victory.
Sadr's Mahdi Army staged two violent uprisings against US forces, after the invasion of Iraq. And has previously mobilized tens of thousands of followers to protest the government. So while the defeat of Islamic State in December had raised hopes of a new stability, tensions over the election could be setting Iraq on the path for further turmoil.