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Saturday, May 12, 2018

KTFA UPDATE, 12 MAY

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Don961:  Iraqi elections: Abadi is clearly advanced

2018/5/12 01:55:12 PM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis went to the polls on Saturday morning to elect the fourth parliament since 2003, the first since a militant group was defeated, but few expect it to produce new faces.

Stabilizing a country plagued by conflict, economic hardship and corruption since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime could strengthen the influence of countries in the country. Regardless of the geopolitics that have deepened sectarian divisions, Iraq faces a set of challenges after a three-year war against a costly organization that cost the country about $ 100 billion.

Much of Mosul has been turned into rubble, and security is still threatened by sectarian tensions that erupted in 2006.

Winners of the election must face the consequences of US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, a move that has raised Iraqis' fears that their country would be the scene of the conflict between Washington and Tehran.

Jamal al-Musawi, a 61-year-old butcher, said: "The candidates are looking for filling their pockets and not helping people. I will put an X in the ballot. There is no security, no jobs, no services."

The three top candidates for the premiership, all of them Shiites, are Haidar al-Abadi, his predecessor Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri, secretary-general of the Badr Organization, all of whom need the support of Iran and Washington to win the premiership.

Analysts believe Abadi is clearly ahead of him. The win is close enough to form a cohesive government, because he has continued with the Sunni community but has angered the Kurds after crushing them for independence. Analysts say Abadi has languished in improving the economy and tackling corruption, and he can not rely solely on the votes of his community as the base of Shi'ite voters is unusually divided this year.Instead looks for support groups and other blocks.

Even if Abadi's list wins the largest number of seats in parliament, he must negotiate heavily to form a coalition government that must be formed within 90 days of the election.

On the other hand, Iraqis see they are disappointed with the war and politicians who failed to restore state institutions and provide much needed health and education services.

"There is no trust between the people and the ruling class, all sides are terrible in ruins and I will not vote," said Hussein Fadel, a treasurer at a 42-year-old mall. While others expressed frustration at the technical problems that kept them in the vote, especially in Falluja, which was supporting Saddam Hussein and destroyed by the recent battles.
"I have to vote because it's very important," said 65-year-old Khaled Abdul. Critics of Nuri al-Maliki's policies say it has created an atmosphere that would allow the emergence of a hawkish organization in Sunni areas that showed sympathy for extremist groups in 2014.

Maliki has been excluded after the emergence of an adamant organization while he remained in office for eight years but is now trying to return.

More than 7,000 candidates in 18 Iraqi provinces are competing this year for 329 parliamentary seats. More than 24 million people out of 37 million Iraqis are entitled to vote in the general election, the fourth since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Shahid Najem says Iraq's turmoil over many years, ranging from Saddam's adventures and subsequent sanctions to US occupation and bloodshed to the emergence of an up-and-coming organization, has not lost hope of change. "God saves Iraqis from the darkness they were in."   link

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Samson:  Foiled terrorist attack to target polling stations in Diyala

08:30 - 12/05/2018  

Security forces in Diyala on Saturday foiled a terrorist attack to target polling stations in Baquba, the center of the province, noting that the frustration resulted in the killing of three suicide bombers.

A source in Diyala police command told the \ "information \" that "the security forces killed three suicide bombers to the criminal in the area of ​​Jarf salt in Baquba."

The source added that "the process of frustration did not result in casualties among citizens or security forces." Stressing the stability of the security situation and impose full control of the province. "

And started on Saturday morning, the general election for the elections of the House of Representatives in Baghdad and all 19 provinces of Iraq, while witnessed the capital and cities imposed a curfew to increase the procedures for securing elections.   LINK

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Samson:  Abadi casts his vote and calls for active participation in the elections

10:02 - 12/05/2018  

Prime Minister Haider Abadi said on Saturday that the current parliamentary elections are crucial, calling for the need to participate actively in the general election process.

"The current parliamentary elections are crucial for Iraq, so it is necessary to actively participate in them," Abadi told Al-Iraqiya after voting in an electoral center and his follower.
Abadi added that "the proportion of participation in the special vote for members of the armed forces was a good proportion, as declared by the Independent Electoral Commission for elections."

It is noteworthy that the general election for the elections of the House of Representatives began this morning in Baghdad and all 19 provinces, while the capital and cities witnessed a curfew to increase the procedures for securing elections.   LINK

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Samson:  Commission: The ballot box closes at 6 pm There is no extension

2018/5/12 14:58

The Independent Electoral Commission confirmed the closing of the ballot box at 6 pm on Saturday.

"The closing of the ballot boxes will be at 6 pm today and there is no extension," said the director of the operations department of the UNHCR.   LINK
Samson:  High participation rate after the invitation of her religious reference agent

 2018/5/12 16:35 

The number of participants in the parliamentary electoral process rose on Saturday after the invitation of the Deputy Religious Authority Sheikh Mahdi Karbalai citizens to go to the polls for change. "It is necessary not to reach the stage of despair to correct the course of state institutions," Sheikh Karbalai stressed during his vote in the general election today.  "The hope remains the same as the history of the people who adopted this experience, especially since the supreme religious authority has shown that there is no alternative to the electoral process," he said. 

The director of the Karkh Committee Raad Numan said that the process of voting for the Iraqi parliamentary elections on Saturday, is going well and turnout is increasing.  Al-Nu'man said in a press statement today that "since the morning began the proportions between the increase and decrease vary between regions," noting that "there are many areas of Baghdad within the Karkh sector is very popular, which forced us to stop work in some centers for a few minutes to organize crowds" .

"In general, talk about the ratios is still in the middle of the convergence rate exceeded 15%, and now the talk is more than double the rate of turnout in Tzadi Sadid."  He pointed out that "we have displaced people living in displacement camps did not get their cards and the Commission began to cast their votes by allowing the two holders of the ballot card who has the loss of the ball to cast their votes."   LINK

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