Monday, July 02, 2018

#IRAQ: After Members Stage Mass Absence, Parliament Fails To Extend Its Term; Action On Election Fraud Delayed

[world politics news]

Iraq's parliament failed to meet for its final days this week after a vast majority of deputies stayed away, causing their to be a lack of a quorum. On the agenda was an electoral reform package and the recount of ballots in a disputed election in May, in which up fraud levels were said to be "very high," with election commission board member Riyad al-Badran claiming there were over 800,000 canceled cards in Baghdad representing 8 parliamentary seats. No more than 15 of the 165 deputies appeared for the session. Parliament's Speaker and other influential members were among those absent.


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