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Iraq's Supreme Court ratifies election results

December 27, 2021

Iraq's top court has ratified the results of its October election, rejecting a case brought by an ex-paramilitary alliance.

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks after preliminary results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Najaf, Iraq October 11, 2021
Iraqi Shi'ite cleric is likely to lead the next governmentImage: Alaa Al-Marjani/REUTERS

Iraq's Supreme Court ratified the results of October's parliamentary elections, it said in a statement on Monday. The ruling upholds the victory of the influential Sh'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

The ruling comes after the court rejected legal challenges brought by Iran-backed former paramilitary Shiite factions.

The Hashed al-Shaabi alliance had contested its defeat in the polls, alleging fraud and demanding that the vote be corrected or canceled. The results of the election had been delayed for two months.

The court's decision means that a new parliament can be formed and should be able to hold its inaugural session within two weeks.

"The Federal Supreme Court has ratified the results of the legislative elections," the court's media officer announced in a brief statement.

Al-Sadr is likely to form the next government, after his bloc secured 73 seats in the 329-seat parliament, well ahead of the second-placed Sunni progressive coalition, which won 37 seats.

Al-Sadr opposes both Iranian and US influence in the country, and is expected to potentially favor Kurdish and Sunni parties when forming a coalition.

aw/msh (Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa)