On Sunday 30th of September, the Kurdish autonomous region held an election. Voters chose from more than 700 candidates to win 111 seats in Kurdistan’s Parliament, a year after a failed independence referendum to separate from Iraq.
Iraqi lawmakers who met on Monday for the first time since the May election, have decided to put off their next meeting until September 15, after disputes on the issue of the largest bloc and failure to elect a parliament speaker.
In his speech at the opening session for the new Iraqi Parliament, Haider al-Abadi, who headed the previous government, stressed on the importance of focusing on development and the provision of services in the next stage, while protecting Iraq's sovereignty.
The Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has announced that it has completed the manual recount of the votes from the country's May parliamentary elections. Many hope that this will speed the creation of the new government after months of political deadlock in Iraq.
After voter fraud allegations regarding the results of the May Parliamentary Elections in Iraq, the Iraqi Supreme Court has ruled that the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) manually recount the votes in contested areas.
Iraq is currently counting the votes to determine the makeup of 329-seat parliament but abstentions highlight frustration with establishment. The voter turn-out has hit an all-time low with only 44% participation rate since the first election in 2005.