US Joined 11 Nations in Welcoming Iraq’s Early Elections

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A ballot box with Iraq’s flag in the background.

Washington, 7 October 2021 (TDI): On Wednesday, US State Secretary Antony Blinken joined the Foreign Ministers of eleven nations to welcome Iraq’s early elections approaching October 10. The countries included Australia, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The United States joined the respective governments to recognize Iraq’s early elections, besides regarding it as a critical moment for the voters to determine their future. The officials welcomed preparations of the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission for the October 10 election and committed to mobilizing substantial resources to maintain a fair electoral process. According to a joint statement released by the twelve respective governments, they exhibited support towards Iraq’s efforts to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment, comprising the youth, women, and internally displaced persons who have long faced intimidation in the pursuit of reform.

The government of Iraq is organizing early parliamentary elections on Sunday following the 2019’s massive protests that took place across Baghdad and the country’s southern region. Despite the increasing public distrust towards the existing political system, calls for a boycott, and struggling economy amid Covid-19, the Iraqi government will be holding the early election to meet the central demand of 2019’s intense demonstrations.

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