Former Iraq PM Accuses UN Envoy of Interference in Iraqi Internal Affairs
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Former Iraq PM Accuses UN Envoy of Interference in Iraqi Internal Affairs

ERBIL — Iraqi prominent politician and former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has accused Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, of interference in Iraqi internal affairs. 

Allawi wrote on his official Twitter account on Friday that he had hoped Plasschaert “would not further abuse the rights of the Iraqi people”. 

He said the concerns over “unacceptable behavior and the interference in Iraqi internal affairs” have already been delivered to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 

“We call on her once again to stop these interferences, and focus on her task in following up on the issues related to the IDPs and helping Iraq to overcome this ordeal,” Allawi added. 

The former prime minister and former vice president of Iraq announced the withdrawal of his National Alliance from the election race which was held on October 10. 

A week before the election day, he said the environment was not suitable for a fair and free election due to “Corruption, illegal weapons in the hands of militias, armed groups, political money, and regional interference”. 

Plasschaert has faced similar accusations by the Iran-backed militia leaders in the past on multiple occasions. Earlier in July, Falih al-Fayyadh, the Chairman of Popular Mobilization Committee or Hashd al-Shaabi, said the UN envoy was “transcending the professional role”. 

“We see that the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Iraq Mrs. Plasschaert transcended the professional role and became a card in the Iraqi political arena. Mr. António Guterres, we need your professional and international role in supporting Iraq,” Fayyadh wrote on Twitter. 

Rejecting the accusations, Plasschaert said her team was helping to organize a transparent election at the request of the Iraqi government. 

“If misinformation overtakes reality, we may rapidly face dangerous and false, but accepted perceptions. Hence, let me emphasize: at Iraq’s request, the UN is fully engaged to assist the authorities in organizing credible and transparent October elections,” she explained. 

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