Iraqi Elections: Supporters of Shia Parties Protest Final Results
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Iraqi Elections: Supporters of Shia Parties Protest Final Results

ERBIL — A great number of supporters of Shia parties took to the streets in different Iraqi provinces to protest against the final results of the parliamentary elections which were announced by the electoral commission on Saturday.

The demonstrators were said to have been supporters of different Shia parties, among which was also the Wisdom Movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, according to Shafaq News.

The report cited sources as saying that the demonstrators had blocked the main road linking the capital Baghdad with the northern provinces while the protesters in Wasit province blocked a road with burning tires in north of Kut city.

In Basra, the demonstrators reportedly blocked the public roads in the center of the province, the sources added.

Speaking to Shafaq News, Hossam al-Amri, an activist and coordinator of the protests, said: "The protests will continue and may turn into peaceful sit-ins that will not end until our demands for a recount in all stations, or even holding new elections, are achieved."

Moreover, the General Authority of the Wisdom Movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, revealed earlier today that the supporters of the Shia blocs would organize demonstrations in Baghdad to demand the government to reject the election results.

Meanwhile, the military spokesperson for the Kata'ib Hezbollah, Abu Ali al-Askari, has called for suing caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, warning of "undesired consequences", and pointing out that the election results were "manipulated."

The Independent High Electoral Commission on Saturday night announced the final uncertified results of the parliamentary elections, according to which the Sadrist Movement is ahead of all with 73 seats.

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