Monday, May 16, 2022

Iraq’s top court dismissed the appeal against the election results. Nation World News

BAGHDAD ( Associated Press) – Iraq’s top court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by Iran-backed factions against the results of the country’s parliamentary elections in October. The development provided another boost for an influential Shia cleric, who was confirmed as the winner of the vote.

The appeal was presented by Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the pro-Iran coalition, which lost seats in the October 10 vote.

Final results announced by Iraq’s election commission confirmed that Shia cleric Muktada al-Sadr had won 73 of the 329 parliament seats. The results also confirmed that the faction known as the Fatah Alliance, which represents the Shia paramilitary group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, won 17 seats – down from 48 in the previous elections.

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The federal Supreme Court did not confirm the election results, pending an appeal filed earlier this month by al-Ameri, the head of the Fatah coalition. Monday’s decision by Judge Jasim Mohamed to dismiss the trial is final and cannot be appealed. The lawsuit cited alleged technical and legal violations.

Earlier on Monday, hundreds of protesters barricaded the entrance of Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in anticipation of the court’s decision. Military forces laid siege to the entire area and put up posts in the city. The Green Zone hosts most foreign diplomatic missions, including the US Embassy.

There were no immediate reports of violence or clashes.

After the vote, supporters of Iran-aligned militias pitched tents near the Green Zone in an ongoing sit-in, rejecting the election results and threatening violence.

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The United States, the United Nations Security Council and others have praised the October 10 election, which was mostly violence-free and without major technical glitches.

But baseless claims of voter fraud have cast a shadow over the vote. The standoff with militia supporters has also increased tensions between rival Shiite factions that could reflect on the road and threaten Iraq’s new relative stability.

The election was held ahead of schedule in response to mass protests in late 2019 that saw thousands in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite southern provinces rally against endemic corruption, poor services and unemployment. He also opposed the heavy interference of neighboring Iran in Iraq’s affairs through Iran-backed militias.

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