Politics & Economics

Council Of Representatives Passes Law Reforming Electoral Commission

Iraq

Iraq's Council of Representatives voted on Thursday evening to approve legislation reforming the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).

The Council of Representatives on Thursday (December 5) voted to approve legislation reforming the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC).

It created a council of seven judges and two other government officials to run and manage the Commission, NRT Digital Media’s Omed Mohammed reported.

Electoral reform has been a key demand of protesters who have risen up against the government across central and southern Iraq over the past two months.

On Sunday, the Council of Representatives accepted a letter of resignation from Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, who will stay on as caretaker.

The move came after the country’s top Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged lawmakers to reconsider their support for a government rocked by weeks of deadly anti-establishment unrest.

Young, unemployed and unarmed protesters have led calls for a overhaul of a political system they say is endemically corrupt and serves foreign powers, especially Baghdad’s ally Tehran.

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Article: NRT