Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Hadi al-Amiri, one of the most powerful pro-Iranian figures in Iraq, has rejected the results of Iraq’s elections as “fabricated”, according to the Baghdad-based pro-Iranian TV channel al-Aahd. “We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the channel cited him as saying on Tuesday on its Telegram messaging account. Iran-backed parties with links… Read More Iraqi opposition leader Hadi al-Amiri rejects parliamentary election results

Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s party was the biggest winner in an Iraqi election on Monday, increasing the number of seats he holds in parliament, according to initial results, officials and a spokesperson for the Sadrist Movement. Former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki looked set to have the next largest win among Shi’ite parties, initial results… Read More Party of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins Iraqi parliamentary election

Fire guts parliamentary election ballot boxes in Iraq 

​A storage site housing half of Baghdad’s ballot boxes from Iraq’s parliamentary election in May has caught fire, just days after parliament called for a nationwide recount of votes, citing allegations of widespread violations. Authorities did not say whether they believe the fire was an accident or had been set, but its timing heightened tensions… Read More Fire guts parliamentary election ballot boxes in Iraq 

Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins parliamentary elections in Iraq

A political bloc led by populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country’s parliamentary election, the electoral commission said on Saturday. Sadr himself cannot become prime minister because he did not run in the election, though his bloc’s victory puts… Read More Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wins parliamentary elections in Iraq

Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State

​Iraqis began voting in the first parliamentary election on Saturday since defeating Islamic State, but few people expect its new leaders to deliver the stability and economic prosperity that have long been promised. The oil producer has struggled to find a formula for stability since a U.S.-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, and… Read More Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State