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US News Iraq: After the legislative, a passion puzzle

22:25  30 november  2021
22:25  30 november  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

Venezuela: overwhelming victory of power in the regional elections

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Lors d'une manifestation à Bagdad, le 11 octobre, en soutien au leader religieux chiite populiste Moqtada Sadr sorti en tête des urnes. © Murtadha al-Sudani during a demonstration in Baghdad, on October 11, in support of the Chiite Populist Religious Leader Moqtada Sadr out at the top of the polls.

It took almost two months for the Iraqi Electoral Commission to announce the final results, on Tuesday, the legislative elections that took place on 10 October. The contestation of the results by the greatest losers of the vote - the training grouping the pro-Iranian militias that shouted in fraud - resulted in violent events in recent weeks. The tensions culminated on November 7 with an attempted assassination of the Prime Minister, Moustafa al-Kazimi, released unscathed from an attack on the drone against his residence in Baghdad .

Hungary: The media control by the Orban government worries the UN

 Hungary: The media control by the Orban government worries the UN © AFP - Attila Kisbeneek The Hungarian Government of Viktor Orban has a quasi-monopoly of information in the country. visiting the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, has been very concerned about the development of the media under the Government of Viktor Orban. She is concerned about the impact on the next legislative of the spring 2022.

Long Tags

The distribution of the 329 seats confirms the fragmentation of political forces in Iraq. With only 73 confirmed seats, the current of the Chiite populist religious leader Moqtada Sadr is considered victorious by becoming the first block in the new Parliament. An advantage that gives it the high hand on the formation of a future coalition government. The dignitary now calls for a "majority" government, composed of the political formations that have obtained the highest scores. He has just launched the process of the usual long negotiations between the great Shiite parties to achieve a compromise on the representation and distribution of the portfolios.

It is around the themes of the fight against corruption and the reconstruction of Iraq, after years of conflict that Moqtada Sadr campaigned during the legislative elections. Themes sufficiently vague to be federating in one of the world's most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International's ranking.

Nationalist Fiber

He also played on the nationalist fiber by standing out from the two dominant external influence poles on the Iraqi scene: the United States and especially Iran. He did not hesitate to openly claim the dissolution of Pro-Iranian militias that challenge the Baghdad government on the political and safe lands.

The final results of the elections must now be sent to the Federal Court to be endorsed. Parliament will then be able to hold its inaugural session, during which MEPs will have to elect the new President of the Republic of Iraq. Iraqis are used to being patient.

Summit for Biden Democracy: Some Frustrations in the Near East .
© AP - Susan Walsh US President Joe Biden, Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the White House in Washington. The Summit for Democracy Organized on the initiative of US President Joe Biden opens this Thursday, December 9 with 110 participating countries. A summit to which the guests will participate by teleconference. For the Near East region, only two countries have been invited: Israel and Iraq.

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