Salih al-Mutallaq, head of the National Dialogue Front, said people do not trust the elections, adding that whoever says there is a democratic process in Iraq is imagining.
“There is no real democracy in Iraq. That’s what I believe in,” Mutallaq said in remarks. “The democratic process is not about elections only but also establishing institutions in addition to maintaining human rights, achieving justice, independent judiciary and separation between powers.”
Mutallaq considered the political process as “elections fraud’ thus people stay away from participation in the elections. He expected the turnout among Iraqis to reach 10 percent in the coming elections, saying such rate do not represent a society’s opinion.
Regarding the loss of former parliament speaker Salim al-Jubouri in the elections, Mutallaq said “I expected him not to win and informed him at that time.” He also added that he told him to leave the parliament before the elections.
“Jubouri’s presence in the parliament was a loss for him and us,” he said.
Moreover, Mutallaq said Muqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri “played a role in selecting Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and the formation of the cabinet.” However, he said “the decision was not for them only.”