Iraq: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the parliamentary elections

13 Oct: Iraq: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the parliamentary elections

(Source: EEAS)

Iraq conducted early elections for the Council of Representatives on 10 October. These elections mark an important step in the consolidation of Iraq’s democracy and long-term stability. The efforts of the Iraqi electoral authorities and security forces resulted in a largely peaceful and orderly ballot, despite low turnout.

Upon Iraq’s request, the European Union decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission in the country for the first time. The Mission presented a preliminary statement on the elections earlier today, in which it assessed that the polls were well managed and competitive. However, there were some challenges as regards the level playing field and some aspects of the legal …