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Iraqi government presses ahead with early elections next year

The Iraqi government is striving to make the legal and political preparations for elections in June 2021, amid multiple political and security challenges.
Supporters of Iraq's Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr demonstrate in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on November 27, 2020. - Tens of thousands of supporters of the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gathered in the Iraqi capital in a show of political power, as the legislative elections are scheduled for next June. (Photo by Ahmad AL-RUBAYE / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Iraqi government is preparing for early elections, which has been a top demand in the protests.

The goverment of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is now moving ahead to plan for voting in June 2021, after finalizing a new electoral law in October. It is currently working on establishing a federal court that would be tasked with overseeing the elections. In cooperation with the parliament, the government is working to secure the funds to finance the elections in order to hold them on time.

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