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At least 18 killed and dozens wounded in Baghdad blasts

Iraq Several dead in twin blasts near a Shia mosque in Baghdad Reuters
Bennie Garza | 11 June, 2018, 04:51

Police have stepped up security in the area, while no group has claimed responsibility.

The electoral commission, which administered the vote, has denied widespread irregularities and rejected past calls for a manual recount or the cancellation of ballots.

The resolution, as ratified by the IHJC, will designate nine judges to take over the operation of the electoral commission, and oversee the recount.

After several failed attempts because of a lack of quorum, outgoing MPs met to order a recount at all polling stations, covering nearly 11 million votes, in response to charges of electoral fraud.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose bloc came in third, said on Tuesday there were "dangerous" violations and most of the blame lay with Iraq's Independent High Elections Commission (IHEC), high ranking members of which he banned from travel without his permission. The council ditched the leadership of the election commission and made a decision to annul votes from Iraqis out of the country.

At least 14 people were killed and over 90 injured on Wednesday by a huge explosion in Iraq's Baghdad, an official said.

The officials agreed to give details of the attack only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The explosions also damaged several nearby houses.

The election was won by a bloc led by nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iran's influence over Iraq.

It is unclear how the manual recount of ballots would affect the seat totals, but it would delay the formation of a new government for many more weeks - as well as cement the view that the political process is mired in corruption.

The winners of the election have already begun talks on forming a new government.

Al-Abadi called for criminal investigations, and banned election officials from traveling overseas without his approval.

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