Maliki Calls Post-Election Iraqi Political Process “Critical and Dangerous”
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Maliki Calls Post-Election Iraqi Political Process “Critical and Dangerous”

ERBIL — The leader of State of Law Coalition and former Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Al-Maliki, calls the political process in Iraq after last Sunday’s parliamentary elections “critical and dangerous”.

The Shia politician issued a brief online statement to call on the people who are concerned with the results of the votes and staging protests across the country now, to keep the demonstrations “peaceful”.

He warned of any exploitation of the gatherings that could harm the security and order in Iraq, however, he encouraged continued protests provided that peace is preserved.

The statement came after supporters of Iran-backed militias, whose political wings performed significantly low in the elections, took to the streets in Baghdad, Diwaniyah, Basra, Wasit, and several other major cities on Friday night.

The protesters accuse the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and certain political blocs of fraud during the elections.

Earlier today, BasNews reported that a leader of Kataib Hezbollah, one of the anti-West militias known for close links to Iran, accused PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi of “treason” and rejected the result of the votes.

He claimed that the premier was involved in a fraud process designed by “the enemies” of Iraq.

The biggest winner of the election in Iraq was the Sadrist Movement which has won 73 seats. In the Kurdistan Region, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) emerged victorious with 33 seats, more than double of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) which takes the second place in Kurdistan.

Soon after the election, Sadr said the militias operating outside the control of the state, should be dissolved. This has concerned the Hashd al-Shaabi who fear losing influence on Iraq’s political landscape if they lose arms.

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