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At least 20 killed in Baghdad EXPLOSION hours after election recount ordered

11 June 2018

"The Independent High Elections Commission shall commit to a manual recount in all voting centers in Iraq under the supervision of the Supreme Judicial Council and with the attendance of representatives from political groups and the United Nations", the text of the amendment law read. It also suspended the commission's leadership, which is to be replaced by nine judges.

After several failed attempts because of a lack of quorum, outgoing MPs met to order a recount at all polling stations, covering nearly 11 million votes, in response to charges of electoral fraud.

He said the main issue was with the electronic vote-counting machines that were used for the first time on 12 May.

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

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during the Tokyo Conference on Supporting Job Creation and Vocational Training to Facilitate Weapons Reduction for Iraqi Society in Tokyo, Japan, April 5, 2018.

He said the Cabinet approved the recommendations of the commission, which is made up of the heads of five security and oversight agencies as well as the head of an anti-corruption agency.

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

Sadr is home to many supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada's al-Sadr whose coalition won the majority in the parliamentary elections held on May 12.

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Abadi's alliance came in third place with 42 seats.

At least 14 persons were killed and over 90 others wounded in an explosion in Baghdad's Sadr City district on Wednesday, according to an official.

A senior police source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the blast was caused by heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and shells, belonging to an armed group and stored in a house. It was not clear what triggered the explosions that destroyed or damaged 20 homes.

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At least 20 killed in Baghdad EXPLOSION hours after election recount ordered