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Europe JCPOA 'inaction'

Iran has blamed Europe’s inaction for the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and its violation of the landmark international accord. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman made the comments during his weekly presser. Saeed Khatibzadeh said the European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal were passive observers of Washington’s violations and audacities. Khatibzadeh underlined the signatories must reassure Tehran that such violations would never happen again. He also accused Germany of failing to implement a series of commitments under the 2015 deal. The Iranian official was reacting to statements by outgoing German chancellor Angela Merkel, who during her visit to Israel called on Iran to quickly return to negotiations. Iran has already made it clear that it is reviewing technical details to make it sure all parties fully implement the agreement.

Iraq elections

Vote counting is underway for Sunday’s early parliamentary elections in Iraq. The electoral commission has put the voter turnout at 41 percent, lower than the last election held in 2018. Nearly 25 million people were eligible to cast their ballots for 329-seat legislature. Around 3,500 candidates are in the fray. This is Iraq’s fifth parliamentary election since the ouster of former dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 2003. Sunday’s vote was called one year earlier than it was scheduled, in response to 2019 street protests over economic woes, and high-level corruption. 

Tunisia new government 

Tunisia’s President Kais Saeid has approved the country’s new government, weeks after he sacked the previous premier and suspended parliament. Saeid confirmed the government named by Prime Minister Najla Bouden, who was appointed earlier this month. Her choices included several of the interim ministers Saeid had appointed during the 11-week period he held executive power. Saeid was under pressure to appoint a premier and a new government amid criticism that his suspension of parliament on July 25 was a coup. On Sunday, thousands of people also marched in the capital Tunis to condemn Saeid’s power grab.

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