Hundreds of protesters took to nan streets in Baghdad connected Monday to denounce a draught elections rule that would summation nan size of nan country’s electoral districts, perchance undermining independent candidates.
The existent legislation, nether which nan 2021 predetermination was held, breaks up each of nan country’s 18 provinces into respective electoral districts. The law, which was a cardinal request of mass anti-government protests that kicked disconnected successful precocious 2019, was seen arsenic giving independent candidates a amended chance astatine winning.
Last week, Parliament debated nan draft, which would return Iraq to having 1 electoral territory per governorate. Independent lawmakers who objected to nan proposal, walked retired of nan session, which ended early owed to losing its quorum.
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People protestation successful Baghdad connected Feb. 27, 2023, against nan Parliament's effort to amend an electoral law. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Parliament is group to talk nan projected rule again connected Monday but lawmakers were not expected to ballot connected nan proposal.
The return to a azygous territory per state is backed by nan Coordination Framework, a conjugation of Iran-backed parties that forms nan mostly bloc successful nan existent parliament, and which brought Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to powerfulness past year.
Monday’s protests took spot arsenic dense information forces surrounded nan Parliament and closed disconnected Joumhouriya Bridge connected nan Tigris River that leads to nan authorities areas of nan heavy fortified Green Zone.