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Iran-backed parties react angrily to Iraq election loss

Hadi al-Amiri at a rally in Baghdad on October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad/File Photo
PM:01:45:12/10/2021

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SULAIMANI — After losing most of their seats in Iraq’s parliamentary election, Iran-backed parties alleged on Tuesday (October 12) that the results had been subject to manipulation, setting the a potentially contentious government formation process.

Amid a low turnout, support for the parties from the Fatah Alliance, which is made up of the political arms of some of the Popular Mobilizations Forces (PMF) militias, plummeted from 47 seats to around a dozen, according a count by AFP.

"We will appeal against the results and we reject them," a group of Shia parties, including those from Fatah, said in a statement.

The Hezbollah Brigades said that the election result was "the biggest scam and rip-off the Iraqi people have been subjected to in modern history,” according to AFP.

 

Militia commander Hadi al-Amiri told a television station in an interview that "we will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost."

PMF fighters had been deemed ineligible for special voting on October 8, which was set aside so members of the security forces could vote.

 

The biggest winner in the election was the parties affiliated with Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who won 73 of the 329 seats.

(NRT Digital Media)