Abadi: Commission Finds Unprecedented Violations in Iraq Elections

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The Iraqi parliament on Wednesday voted for a manual recount of nationwide elections held last month.

A manual recount of votes in some areas has been called for, a request that has been rejected by the election commission as illegal.

It is unclear whether the government can force it to undertake those measures, and it is also unclear whether doing so would change the outcome of the election.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday there was "unprecedented" violations.

That, and Abadi's complaints about the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) has led to parliament firing the entire commission.

The resolution, as ratified by the IHJC, will designate nine judges to take over the operation of the electoral commission, and oversee the recount.

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The May 12 elections were the country's first parliamentary poll since 2014.

The election drew a historically low voter turnout of 45 percent, reflecting widespread disgust among Iraqis with their political leaders.

A bloc linked to Iranian-backed Shia paramilitaries that have battled the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) over the past four years came second with 47 seats, while Mr Abadi's alliance was third with 42 seats.

Iraqi security officials say the toll from explosions that tore through a mosque in Baghdad has climbed to 16 dead and 35 wounded.

An official from the nearby Al-Imam Hospital said they had received the dead and injured.

Abadi's stance raises the prospect of further uncertainty in Iraq at a time when political blocs were starting the complicated process of forming a new government, watched closely by Baghdad's Western allies. Parliament already decided last week to annul the ballots of displaced Iraqis and those living overseas, although they accounted for only a small fraction of the overall vote.

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