Iraq federal court rejects appeal against election results
The Iraqi Federal Supreme Court on Monday, December 27, upheld the October election results, rejecting an appeal by supporters of Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi).

The results of the election had been delayed for two months, amid the Hashd al-Shaabi alliance’s accusations of fraud and calls for the election results to be canceled.
The ruling is considered a victory for populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc, which won 73 seats in the Iraqi Parliament.
Sadr is against outside influence from both the US and Iran. There are also expectations he will form a coalition that may favor Kurdish and Sunni parties.
Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri had submitted the appeal against election results. His coalition, which represents Hashd al-Shaabi, secured only 17 seats in parliament, down from 48 in the last elections.
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