Pro-Iran groups denounce Iraq election as ‘scam’

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Two days after Iraq’s legislative election, pro-Iranian Shia Muslim parties and armed groups on Tuesday denounced early poll results suggesting waning support as “manipulation” and a “scam”. Sunday’s parliamentary election – the fifth in the war-scarred country since the US-led invasion and overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 – was marked by a record low turnout of 41 percent. Parties representing Iraq’s Shia Muslim majority have dominated Iraqi politics since the aftermath of the invasion, but early results from Sunday’s vote deepened a rift between powerful factions within that camp…

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