Iraqi parliamentary elections see record low voter turnout

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Turnout in Iraq’s election fell to a record low amid widespread frustration with the country’s political elite. Forty-one per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, Iraq’s electoral commission said in a preliminary tally on Monday. The figure marks the lowest turnout in the five elections since long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was toppled from power in 2003, with a previous low of 44.5 per cent recorded in 2018. The parliamentary elections were brought forward by several months in response to protests calling for reform. Initial results in the Sunday election, the second held in Iraq since …

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