UNSC praises elections, high turnout in Iraq

UNSC praises elections, high turnout in IraqThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has commended the broad participation of the Iraqi population in the country’s parliamentary elections held on Wednesday.

In a Wednesday statement, the UNSC welcomed the Iraqi parliamentary elections and urged all political establishments in the Arab country to facilitate the formation of a new government.

“The members of the Security Council welcome the holding of timely parliamentary elections in Iraq on 30 April, and commend the people of Iraq for demonstrating their commitment to a peaceful, inclusive and democratic political process,” said the statement, which was read out at the UN’s New York headquarters by the UNSC’s rotating president in April, Nigerian UN Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu.

The statement added that the vote indicated that no act of violence or terrorism can reverse a path toward peace, democracy and reconstruction in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has described the Iraqi parliamentary elections as a step forward in the development, stability and security of independent Iraq.

He said the “massive turnout in the elections proves there is no room for terrorism in the future of the country.”

Twenty million Iraqis were eligible to vote in the polls. According to the country’s election commission, the turnout was 60 percent.

Preliminary results are not expected for at least two weeks.

Meanwhile, scores of people have been killed in al-Qaeda-linked terror attacks across the country, which targeted mostly polling stations.

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