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Iraqi youths form political parties to join early elections

Groups of young people set up political parties as they seek to take part in early elections next year, in an attempt to present themselves as an alternative to the existing parties.
An Iraqi student, holding a national flag, flashes the V-sign for victory during anti-government protests in the Shiite shrine city of Najaf in central Iraq on January 28, 2020. - Rallies first erupted in Baghdad and across Iraq's Shiite-majority south on October 1 over a lack of jobs, poor services and corruption but are now specifically demanding snap elections, an independent premier and the prosecution of those implicated in corruption or recent bloodshed. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP) (Photo by HAIDA

In the past eight months, groups of Iraqi young people formed various political entities. A source within the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) told Al-Monitor that 15 new political entities are in the process of registering with IHEC.

Rahman al-Jubouri, a senior researcher at the Regional Center of the American University of Iraq, told Al-Monitor that 15 groups have submitted applications seeking to register with IHEC.

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