Iraq concludes manual recount of controversial May parliament polls

Iraqi parliament.

Baghdad ( Iraq concluded on Monday the manual recount of votes for the parliament elections held in May, its electoral commission has announced, wrapping up a process that followed  accusations of forgery.

The recount was launched early July at polling stations where complaints of vote manipulation had been filed as per a ruling by the Federal Court.

Those were the first polls Iraq held for the 329-seat chamber since declaring the defeat of Islamic State militants late 2017.

The polls put the bloc sponsored by Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr first, with the bloc led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi coming third.


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