Sunday, December 5, 2021

30 injured in Baghdad clash, Iran-Alliance parties dispute Iraq vote result

More than two dozen people were injured on Friday between Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and supporters of parties disputed the results of October’s general election, police sources and health workers said.

It was the first significant violent clash between government forces and supporters of political parties, most of which have armed wings and are aligned with Iran, as those groups lost dozens of parliament seats after the October 10 vote. .

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Security sources said police fired tear gas and ammunition in the air as protesters pelted stones and tried to move towards Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

Iraqi protesters raise national flags during a demonstration against last month’s election results, near the entrance to the Green Zone in Baghdad on November 5, 2021.

Hospital sources said over 21 protesters were injured mostly due to inhalation of smoke and nine other policemen were injured by stone pelting.

The parties that made the biggest gains in Iraq’s October election include populist Shia Muslim cleric Muktada al-Sadr, who publicly opposes Iranian interference in Iraqi politics and calls for all remaining Western troops to be withdrawn from the country. has done.

The Iran-backed groups that dispute the election results are also Shia but follow the Iranian model of democratic governance which is rejected by the nationalist Sadr and many Iraqi Shias in general.

Iraq’s majority Shias have dominated the government since the US-led overthrow of Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Sunni and Iraqi Kurds, the next largest religious and ethnic group in Iraq, lead important coalitions in parliament.

The election result was seen as a disapproval by voters of foreign influence, especially Iranian voters.

Parties who dispute the results say there were irregularities in the voting process and counting, but did not provide convincing evidence for their claims.

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