On October 10, 2021, Iraqi women managed to win 97 seats in the elections out of 329 members with a percentage of 29.4%, an increase of 14 seats over the quota for women. The women’s quota system in Iraq guarantees at least 25% of parliament’s seats for women.
The results revealed that the Sadrist movement, led by Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, won the highest number of seats in the Iraqi parliament with 73 seats.
The “Taqaddam” (progress) bloc led by Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi came in second place after winning 38 seats.
The State of Law bloc, headed by former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, ranked third with 37 seats.
The polls were originally scheduled for 2022, but political parties decided to hold early elections following mass protests that erupted in 2019 against deep-seated corruption and poor governance.
The vote was the fifth in Iraq since 2003 when a US-led invasion overthrew the regime of former President Saddam Hussein.