Tuesday, October 12, 2021. The Iraqi elections continue to divide Iraq.
Sunday, Iraq held elections. Turnout was incredibly low. Ahmed Habib makes an interesting observation on Twitter:
Shia 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.
Don't you love the garbage that passes for journalism?
The election was an embarrassment. It was a failure in every way. So the press tries to distract. The low turnout was hard to ignore. So instead we got a 'major' arrest that was nothing -- even if the claims were true -- that tried to crowd out the news of the low turnout -- news that was still in the news cycle. Now along comes REUTERS to tell us the possible results. Still need to be checked. They transcribe what they were told beautifully but I thought REUTERS was a news service, right? Not a transcription service.
For over two weeks, we have noted that Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) has reported: "Iraq’s electoral commission aims to announce the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 10 within 24 hours, they announced on Thursday following a voting simulation."
The elections were Sunday and today is . . . Tuesday. And they didn't announce a winner, they announced "initial results" late Monday.
The election was a failure in every way. And with record low turnout, they still weren't able to announce results "within 24 hours."
A failure and REUTERS can't even tell you that because they're too busy checking their stenography to actually report.
Predictions of a low turnout were accurate. Predictions that nothing would change due to the election were accurate.
If 'initial' results hold (they don't increase and they do not lower), Moqtada al-Sadr's bloc has 73 seats in the new Parliament. That's an increase of 19 seats from the previous Parliament. (Moqtada himself does not have a seat in the Parliament, he did not run for office.) That's if the results hold. EL PAIS notes that the results are already being disputed:
Kataeb Hezbollah, one of the main pro-Iranian militias, has rejected the election results. In a statement, its leader, Abu Ali al Askari, urges the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP, the umbrella that groups all the militias) to be ready to defend their “sacred entity”. He also asks the political parties to solve “the stolen votes.” His words would be a tantrum if they did not come from a powerful armed group with a long history of intimidation and attacks, which the United States and other countries consider a terrorist organization.
The leader of Iraq's Fatah (Conquest) Alliance political coalition has dismissed the preliminary results of the of the country’s recent parliamentary elections, describing them as “fabricated.”
“We will not accept these fabricated results, whatever the cost,” the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network quoted Hadi al-Amiri, the secretary general of the Badr Organization, a political party close to Hashd al-Sha’abi, as saying on Tuesday.
He added, “We will defend the votes cast for our candidates and voters with full force.”
Separately, the Coordinating Committee of Shia Parties in Iraq rejected the results of the national elections, and raised strong objection over what it described as the High Electoral Commission’s failure to honor its obligations.
The committee is comprised of Fatah Alliance, the State of Law Alliance, Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq political party, Kata'ib Hezbollah as well as other Shia factions.
Former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki has a history of disputing election results.
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