Iraqi highest court rejects request to quash parliamentary election results


The Supreme Court of Iraq on Monday rejected a petition filed by the former paramilitary alliance Hached al-Chaabi contesting his defeat in the legislative elections on October 10.

“The Federal Court decided to reject the complaint (…) and to make the plaintiffs bear the costs”, declared the judge Jassem Mohamed Aboud while reading the verdict.

The court “rejects the plaintiffs’ request (…) not to ratify the final election results,” he said. “The verdict binds all the authorities”.

Although the decision is a key step, it does not mean that the final results have been ratified, said an electoral commission lawyer who attended the court hearing.

This requires an official announcement to approve the results, after which the new parliament can be inaugurated and a new government formed.

In multi-faith, multi-ethnic Iraq, the formation of governments has involved complex negotiations since the 2003 US invasion that overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein.

Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr was declared the election’s biggest winner on November 30.

Sadr’s movement won almost a fifth of the seats – 73 of the Assembly’s 329 total, well ahead of the 17 seats of the Fatah Alliance (Conquest), the political wing of the pro-Iran Hached.

The choppy leaders dismissed the result – down sharply from their 48 seats in the outgoing assembly – as a “fraud”.

The Hasheds staged protests and appealed the results in hopes of having them quashed, citing “serious violations”.

The Fatah Alliance alleged that the electronic voting system failed to recognize the fingerprint identification of many voters.

He also protested against what is claimed to be the alleged failures of a new electronic machine used for the election.

After parliament holds its inaugural session, lawmakers will elect a president, who in turn will appoint a prime minister who will be approved by the legislature.



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