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Iraqi parliament's attempt to amend electoral law met with anger

The controversial amendment, which will benefit Iraq's larger political parties at the expense of independent ones, is causing political division in the country between the ruling coalition and Sadrists, among others.
Iraq elections

Iraq's parliament on Monday finished the first reading of the amendment to the Provincial Council Elections Law, which regulates provincial council elections and the appointment of the governors. The amendment could enable Iraq's major parties to gain power vis-a-vis relatively new independent political actors.

Background: Iraq has two elections, per its constitution: one for parliament and one to form the provincial councils in charge of local governments. The last parliamentary elections were held in 2021, while the last provincial elections were in 2013.

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