Iraqi civil society protest movement seeks voice in parliament


NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Monday congratulated the Iraqis for their commitment to democracy in the face of “dynamic security challenges”, and commended the Iraqi government and the High Independent Electoral Commission for doing so. called “technically well-run and generally peaceful elections.” ” beginning of October.

The council’s statement follows a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the electoral process in Iraq and the role played by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. The UN mission was praised by the council for its “objectivity” in supporting the government and IHEC in the pursuit of “genuinely free and fair Iraqi-led and Iraqi-owned elections.”

Iraqis went to the polls last month to elect MPs amid calls by protesters to end rampant corruption and improve living conditions.

After the elections, supporters of the Fatah Alliance – the coalition representing Iranian-backed militias that lost two-thirds of its seats – claimed the ballot was rigged and refused to accept the results, despite hundreds of international observers testifying to the integrity of the vote. to treat.

The Security Council condemned “attempts to discredit the elections”, deplored the use of violence to resolve poll grievances and called for any dispute to be resolved by “legal and peaceful means”.

“Security Council members reiterated their condemnation of both the November 7, 2021 assassination attempt against Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and the continued threats of violence against UNAMI, IHEC and others. “the council said in a statement.

Members also praised “the efforts of the Iraqi government, IHEC and UNAMI to promote women’s political participation.

The statement concluded: “Members of the Security Council look forward to the peaceful formation of an inclusive government that will bring about meaningful reforms to meet the needs and aspirations of all Iraqis, including women, youth and communities. marginalized. They reiterated their support for the independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Iraq.


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