Iraqi PM says government, parliament have no right to cancel results of elections

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Baghdad ( Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said neither the government or the parliament has the right to cancel the results of elections, adding that the fire at the election ballot warehouse was ‘intentional’.

In a speech during the weekly conference on Tuesday, Abadi said the Supreme Court is the only authority that has the right to decide if the elections should take place again.

Neither the parliament or the government , according to Abadi, has powers to cancel the results of the elections, saying that carrying it out again would need a judicial verdict.

Iraqi parliament has called for recounting the ballots manually across the country, which sparked calls for holding the elections again.

Regarding the fire at the election ballot warehouse, Abadi said “the preliminary report of investigations on fire at Rasafa stores shows it was intentional.”

On Monday, the elections commission said the fire engulfed the election ballot warehouse in Rasafa district in Baghdad, targeting the electronic sorting and counting devices, while the boxes containing the ballot papers were totally safe.

Observers say the Federal Court could appeal depending on legal texts at the law on amending the recent election law, including the results of elections abroad.

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