Iraqi Communist Party Withdraws from Parliamentary Elections
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Iraqi Communist Party Withdraws from Parliamentary Elections

ERBIL — Iraqi Communist Party on Saturday announced its withdrawal from the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country.

“The atmosphere is not suitable for holding the elections, and there are many confusions in the political process," Raed Fahmi, secretary of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party, said in a press conference in Kirkuk.

The official said corruption, financial irregularities, and the armed groups outside the control of the state, could impact the elections.

He also claimed that political factions in the race are not serious about addressing the demands of the protesters who have been on the streets continuously since October 2019.

The party won two seats in the 2018 parliamentary elections on a joint list within the Sairoon Coalition, which became the largest group in the Iraqi parliament, with the support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Over a week ago, al-Sadr announced his withdrawal from the parliamentary elections due to "rampant corruption and unfair competition" among the political parties.

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