Iraq’s president on Monday signed a decree to hold early elections on Oct. 10.
In a televised speech, Barham Salih stressed the importance of the elections, as they follow "a popular protest movement demanding reforms."
Breaking: Iraqi president issues a presidential decree to hold early elections in Iraq on October 10.— Mustafa Habib (@Mustafa_Habib33) April 12, 2021
After this decision, it is assured that the elections will be certain and will not be postponed. https://t.co/GK3nGnWGwt
He went on to say that "securing the right of Iraqis to choose their representatives away from pressure, blackmail, and stealing their voices is a top priority."
He called on state institutions to accelerate steps necessary to hold fair elections.
Salih also stressed the necessity of effective work and coordination between the country's High Independent Electoral Commission and the UN to ensure UN supervision and ensure the integrity of the electoral process.
The current parliamentary term was supposed to end in 2022, but political parties decided to hold early elections after widespread popular protests toppled the previous government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi in late 2019.
‘Old faces, new names’: The disingenuous promise of early elections in Iraq https://t.co/tHXxZVUC87— The Political Hedge (@politicalHEDGE) April 11, 2021
Published March 11, 2021@10:00am
In May, the parliament approved an interim government, headed by Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to manage the transitional phase leading to early elections.
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