Zurfi discusses mechanisms of early elections

5/4/2020 23:09:00
     Zurfi discussed mechanisms of early elections

The Iraq Prime Minister-designate, Mr. Adnan al-Zurfi, received a delegation from the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission, headed by Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Judge Jalil Adnan.


The media office of the Prime Minister-designate stated, during a statement, that the meeting discussed the mechanisms that must be followed to hold early elections according to the curriculum of the new Iraqi government.


Mr. Zurfi stressed, during the meeting, the necessity of achieving the most important demand of the demonstrators and stressed by the supreme religious authority, which is holding early, free and fair elections that includes a fair representation of all Iraqis.


He affirmed the importance of following international standards and cooperate with the United Nations to achieve this basic requirement within a period not exceeding one year from the date when the new government begins its work, pledging that the new government will work to restore the prestige of the state and impose the rule of law to provide the appropriate atmosphere for these elections.


The Iraqi President, Dr. Barham Salih assigned Mr. Zurfi on March 17 after his predecessor, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, failed to form the new Iraqi Government. 


Wide demonstrations across Iraq, that began on early October of 2019 with mostly young people demanding a change in the political system, lead to the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi in November of 2019. 


Mr. Zurfi had only 1 one month, beginning from the date of his appointment, to form the new Iraqi government, which is a transitional government and its task is to prepare for early elections in a year according to the Iraqi constitution.



(Translated and Edited by H.H.)









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