Hundreds rally in Iraq decrying results of recent parliamentary vote Oct 18, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa Baghdad Hundreds of protesters on Sunday took to the streets in some parts of Iraq, condemning the results of recent parliamentary elections in which pro-Iran groups suffered significant losses, witnesses said.Preliminary results of the October 10 polls showed that a bloc led by Iraq’s influential cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won 73 seats so remains the largest group in the 329-strong parliament.However, the Fatah bloc, which is close to Iran, only won 15 seats, a major decline from the 47 seats it held in the previous parliament.An alliance of nine Muslim Shiite groups, linked to pro-Iran militias, have rejected the results, claiming the election was marred by “major irregularities.” On Sunday, supporters of those groups rallied in the capital Baghdad and the southern province of Basra and set tyres on fire in protest against the results, witnesses added.Protesters meanwhile cut off a road linking Baghdad with Basra.The election, held months ahead of schedule, came amid widespread frustration with Iraq’s political elite.Some 43 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots, an electoral commission said Sunday, 2 per cent more than initially estimated.Still, the figure marks the lowest turnout in the five elections since long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was toppled from power in 2003, with a previous low of 44.5 per cent recorded in 2018.Many Iraqis have little faith in politics and had not expected the recent election to change the balance of power.Oil-rich Iraq has been struggling with an economic and political crisis for years. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES 21 dead as heavy rains lash south India’s Kerala Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Saudi Arabia relaxes COVID-19 restrictions Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Israel warns of regional arms race if Iran completes nuclear weapon Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Pro-democracy group calls on S Africa to intervene in Eswatini dpa Maseru/Nairobi The Swaziland Solidarity Network on Sunday called on the South African government to intervene in neighbouring Eswatini, where they say political tensions “have gone beyond boiling point.” “I am .. Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines dpa Manila The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday. More than 43,000 people were displaced by .. Indonesian conservationists catch Sumatran tiger blamed for attacks dpa Jakarta Conservationists in Indonesia’s Sumatra island caught a rare Sumatran tiger which was said to have mauled two people to death, local media reported on Sunday. Police and staff from the Jambi nature .. Sea-Watch 3 resumes ops to rescue 60 migrants off Libya dpa Rome One day after resuming its operations in the central Mediterranean, the German NGO Sea-Watch has rescued a further 60 migrants from a precarious attempt to reach Europe by boat. The NGO’s boat, the Sea-Watch 3, ..