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Jun 29, 2018
The Daily Star
Iraq Parliament’s term to expire Saturday with no extension
BAGHDAD: The Iraqi Parliament’s term will end Saturday unless lawmakers vote to extend it until after a recount of votes from a May election is complete, Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said Thursday.
Jabouri, who failed to retain his seat in the May vote, said that a manual recount would begin next week.
There was no immediate comment on the timing of the recount from the panel of judges tasked with conducting the process.
The parliamentary election has been marred by historically low turnout and fraud allegations.
The outgoing Parliament this month passed a law mandating a nationwide manual recount of votes, but the panel of judges said it would only be conducted for problematic ballots flagged in official reports or in formal complaints.
The move is likely to speed up the ratification of final results and the formation of a new government.
“The leaders of most of the political blocs in Parliament made it clear today that they will not support a bill extending parliament’s term or forcing a complete – rather than partial – recount of ballots,” Sunni lawmaker Faris al-Faris said.
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