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Senior Iraqi figure says elections certainly rigged, Israeli interference not ruled out

Iraqi protesters hold national flags during a demonstration against last month’s election result, near an entrance to the Green Zone in Baghdad on November 5, 2021. (File photo by AFP)

A top Iraqi lawmaker says he’s confident that last month’s parliamentary elections were rigged, stressing that the possibility of interference by the Israeli regime cannot be ruled out.

There is “certainty” that electoral fraud occurred, , the head of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in Iraq’s Parliament, said on Saturday, the Iraqi al-Ayyam website reported

Ameri said he believes voter fraud and irregularities took place via a cyber attack involving Israel.

“The election fraud was carried out via the cyberspace and its goal was to infiltrate Iraq ... and we do not rule out interference by the Zionist entity,” he stated.

Some 3,600 electronic ballot machines stopped working during the elections and failed to send in results, he added.

There have been tensions in the Iraqi capital and a number of major cities since the Iraqi parliamentary elections on October 10, with several political factions and their supporters rejecting the results as fraudulent.

A total of 329 seats were up for grabs in the elections, out of which Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon electoral list won over 70 seats, while the Fatah Alliance secured fewer than 20 seats, down from 48 in the 2018 elections.

The results, if confirmed, could give Sadr considerable influence in forming the next Iraqi government.

The elections were originally planned to be held in 2022, but the date was brought forward in response to a mass protest movement that broke out in 2019 to call for economic reforms, better public services, and an effective fight against unemployment and corruption in state institutions.              

According to Ameri, the confusion existing during the voting process indicated that Iraq’s electoral commission was unable to hold a clean election.

The top Iraqi lawmaker dismissed as unacceptable the attack on demonstrators objecting to vote count results.

In remarks on Wednesday, Ameri said the political forces that dispute the results have been following up on the issue with the authorities.

He stressed that no international party is allowed to interfere in the results of the elections or any other internal issue of the Arab country.

Latest developments ‘foreign-led’ project

A member of the political bureau of the Iraqi anti-terror group has said the latest developments unfolding across Iraq are a foreign-led project.

In an interview, said the recent events are part of a project led by foreign forces while some domestic forces have been accomplices in order to destabilize the country.

Last week, tensions rose in Iraq as security forces attacked protesters in the capital, Baghdad, who were demanding a manual recount of the votes cast in the elections.

According to the Iraqi Health Ministry, 125 people were injured during the clashes. Some reports said up to three people were killed as well.

Early on Sunday last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi escaped unhurt from an unclaimed “assassination” bid in which an explosive-packed drone hit his home in Baghdad.

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