We hope next government ‘reflects the will of the Iraqi people’: US

The White House. (photo credit: PRASIT PHOTOGETTY IMAGES)

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SULAIMANI — The US government on Tuesday (October 12) congratulated Iraq on fulfilling its promise to hold early parliamentary elections, meeting the demands of protesters who came out in the streets in October 2019.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing that "once the final results are certified, we hope the new Council of Representatives members will form a government that reflects the will of the Iraqi people and which can work to address Iraq’s governance, security, and economic challenges.”

"These elections included hundreds of international monitors and observers from the UN and EU, in addition to thousands of domestic observers. We look forward to reviewing their reports,” Psaki said.

On October 10, Iraq held elections amid the lowest turnout for any parliamentary election since the 2003 invasion, demonstrating widespread political disillusionment with the elite.

Shia cleric and political leader Muqtada al-Sadr looked to come out with the most seats, around 74, while the Iran-backed militia parties were the day’s biggest losers.

In the Kurdistan Region, the New Generation Movement more than doubled its seats and topped the polls in many constituencies. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) won the most seats of parties in the Region.

(NRT Digital Media)