Iraqi court rejects appeal by Iran-backed parties against election

The Iraqi Supreme Court on Monday dismissed appeals by Iranian-backed Shiite factions against the results of the October parliamentary elections, the chief justice said.

The decision derails attempts by Iranian-backed militia groups and their political candidates to overturn the election result, in which they scored poorly.

Iranian-backed factions, including powerful armed groups, alleged irregularities during the October 10 vote. Judge Jassim Mohammed read the decision dismissing their appeal at court headquarters in Baghdad.

Iran appeared to approve the election results last week when the Iraqi foreign minister visited Tehran and held talks. For the first time, President Ebrahim Raisi called the elections in Iraq “peaceful and secure”.

The biggest winner of the vote was the movement led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, an opponent of Iranian and American influence in Iraq, which won 73 seats, more than any other group in the cranky 329-seat house. .

Once the result is confirmed by the Supreme Court, negotiations are expected between Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish groups on the formation of a new government to replace the outgoing cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Report by Reuters

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