Election fraud dispute veers toward constitutional crisis

In a Parliament session boycotted by election day's top performers, legislators voted to sack Iraq's electoral commission and to order a full manual recount.
Election fraud dispute veers toward constitutional crisis
Riyadh al-Badran, the head of Iraq's Independent Higher Election Commission, speaks during a news conference in Baghdad on May 31, 2018. (KHALID AL-MOUSILY/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Parliament retroactively amended Iraq's election law Wednesday to require a full manual recount of the May 12 voting results, adding new uncertainty to an already volatile political landscape.

The legislation also calls for removing the leaders of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which is responsible for administering the election, and replacing them with a nine-member judicial panel, according to a text of the amended law published on the Parliament's website.

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