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Iraq’s main Shia alliance files lawsuit to annul election results

November 22, 2021 at 10:10 am

Election commission officials count the ballots after the elections in Baghdad, Iraq on 13 October 2021. [Murtadha Al-Sudani – Anadolu Agency]

Iraq’s Fateh Alliance, the country’s most prominent Shia coalition, yesterday announced that it had filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court to annul the parliamentary elections results.

Leader of the alliance, Hadi Al-Amiri, said “sufficient evidence” had been submitted to the Federal Court on Thursday “to annul the results of the parliamentary elections”.

The Fateh Alliance includes the political wing of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, which the United States has designated a terrorist organisation, and the Badr Organisation, which has ties with Tehran and fought alongside Iran in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The Shia paramilitaries all played a major role in defeating Daesh when it took over a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017.

In 2018, the alliance came second in the country’s parliamentary elections with 48 seats, however, in the last elections, it attained only 16 seats.

Yesterday, the Independent High Electoral Commission said the final results of the elections will be announced within two days.

According to the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections last month, the Sadrist bloc won 73 seats out of 329.

For weeks, the political forces who reject the election results have led mass protests in Baghdad, calling for all results to be manually recounted.

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