Iraqi Court Ratifies Oct. 10 Election Results

The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by supporters of Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) to nullify the result of October 10 parliamentary elections.

The appeal was submitted by Hadi al-Ameri, head of a pro-Iran coalition that lost seats in the October 10 vote. His coalition, which represents Hashd al-Shaabi, secured only 17 seats in parliament.

The Iraqi’s electoral commission had confirmed a Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who is head of Fatah Collation, has secured 73 out of Parliament’s 329 seats, which makes him an ultimate winner of the election.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets to protest the result of elections and they already closed the entrance to Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone.   

The Green Zone hosts most foreign diplomatic missions, including the US Embassy.

The US embassy in a statement warned of an increased demonstration activity related to the certification of Iraqi elections, as well as the December 31 deadline for the transition of US military operations in Iraq and the January 3 anniversary of the airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranin General. 

“Ongoing demonstrations have disrupted transit routes in and out of the International Zone.  Even peaceful demonstrations can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,” the statement said.

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