Iraq elections: Pro-Iran factions call the vote a’scam,’ and Biden is worried about US troops.
Early election results in Iraq have been branded a “scam” and a “manipulation” by pro-Iranian parties and armed organizations.
Last night, supporters of populist cleric and politician Moqtada al-Sadr celebrated in Iraq’s streets as preliminary results projected his party to be the largest winner. This year, the country has found itself in the middle of a conflict between Iranian-backed paramilitary organizations and the US troops. After the US pulls out of Afghanistan, President Biden is under political pressure to leave Iraq.
Mr Sadr also wants to halt US and Iranian meddling in Iraq’s domestic affairs and has vowed an independent government. “It is time for the people to live in peace, free of occupation, terrorism, militias, and kidnapping,” he declared on Monday. The election was moved earlier from 2022 due to rioting against government corruption, which resulted in the deaths of over 500 people.
Iranian-backed parties have long controlled politics in the country, and their defeats might have far-reaching consequences and result in numerous contests. More than half of the seats in the Fatah Alliance, which supports pro-Iran militias who have attacked US troops and assets in Iraq, were lost.
However, the election is not yet done because no single party can win a majority. Rival factions are likely to negotiate for weeks before agreeing on a new ruling coalition.
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With the introduction of the Biden administration, tensions between Iran and the United States de-escalated, but this peace could be jeopardized depending on the majority that is created.
“Despite his background as one of the US’s top critics during the assault that uprooted Saddam Hussein’s administration,” US officials say, a government led by Mr Sadr would be less likely to take steps to accelerate a full American exit.
Voter turnout was 41%, a new low in the post-Saddam Hussein era, indicating a lack of trust in the country’s authorities and a voting system marred by apathy and boycotting.
Despite months of campaigning and millions of dollars spent by foreign countries, particularly the US, to increase voter confidence, turnout was just marginal.
Iraq has a population of 41.4 million people.
25.18 million people have registered to vote.
Adults who haven’t registered: 1.5m
In 2018, 10.84 million votes were cast, including blank and invalid ballots.
In 2018, there were 24.35 million registered voters.
In 2018, 44.52 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
The turnout in these elections will be the first litmus test.
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