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Parliamentary elections are test for democracy in Iraq: Iranian official

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Bahram Qasimi

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Bahram Qasimi said on Monday that the parliamentary elections in Iraq are very important as it will be a real test for democracy in the country.

"Due to Iraq's important role in the region, there are various countries that can obstruct its development process, as we have seen during the previous years when ISIS supported by those countries dominated parts of it, but the terrorist group has been eliminated from the country through the sacrifices of the Iraqi people", Qasimi said.

On May 12, Iraq will hold a controversial parliamentary elections election. Politicians and religious leaders question the integrity of the election, asserting it will witness a lot of irregularities especially in the areas where the Iran-backed militias have the upper hand.

The Iranian official also commented on Lebanon's parliamentary elections, which was held on Sunday, saying that Tehran respects Lebanese people's choices in the elections.

Yesterday, Lebanese people made their way to the poll stations to cast their ballots in the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.

According to unofficial results, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia and its political allies won more than half of the Lebanese parliament seats.

Last Modified: Monday، 07 May 2018 10:50 PM