News ID: 220122
Published: 0234 GMT August 19, 2018

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies May election results
REUTERS

Iraq's Supreme Court has ratified the results of the May 12 parliamentary election, its spokesman said on Sunday, setting in motion a 90-day constitutional deadline for the winning parties to form a government.

Parliament in June ordered a nationwide manual recount of the results, which were tallied electronically, after a government report said there were widespread violations and blamed the electoral commission, Reuters reported.

Yet the recount showed little had changed from the initial results as Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next government.

"The Supreme Federal Court issued on the afternoon of Aug. 19, 2018, its decision to ratify the names received," its spokesman Iyas al-Samouk said in a statement.

The ratification makes the results formal and lawmakers now have to gather and elect a speaker, then president and finally a prime minister and cabinet within 90 days.

The political uncertainty over the make-up of the new government has raised tensions at a time when public impatience is growing over poor basic services, unemployment and the slow pace of rebuilding after a three-year war with the Daesh terror group.

 

 

   
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