Iraq’s PM calls early general election, a year ahead when it would normally be held

Calling an early general election, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on July 31, fixed June 6, 2021 as the date for the polls, a year ahead of when it would normally be held.

The Prime Minister announced the same in a televised speech, saying, “June 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections. Adding further, he said that everything will be done to protect and ensure the success of the election. The move came a day after he held a meeting with the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), during which he confirmed that the government “is proceeding with the early elections, which is one of the main goals of the government program”.

Praising Kadhimi’s announcement, the United Nations said the move would promote “greater stability and democracy”. “The United Nations is ready to provide support and technical advice as requested by Iraq to ensure free, fair and credible elections that win the public’s trust,” it added further.

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