August 19, 2018 / 10:41 AM / 3 months ago

Iraqi Supreme Court ratifies results of May election -spokesman

BAGHDAD, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Iraq’s Supreme Court has ratified the results of the May 12 parliamentary election, its spokesman said on Sunday, setting in motion a 90-day constitutional deadline for the winning parties to form a government.

“The court has issued a decision to ratify the results of the parliamentary election,” the spokesman said in a statement.

A nationwide recount of votes showed on Aug. 10 that populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr retained his lead, positioning him to play a central role in forming the country’s next government. (Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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