AMS: Iraq election lacked legitimacy

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq has said the country's elections cannot be accepted as they were conducted while under occupation.

    AMS officials said the elections could not be accepted

    A spokesman for the influential Iraqi group, Muhammad Bashar al-Faydhi, told Aljazeera on Sunday: "We, from the beginning, have announced our position towards the election as a political process that does not meet the interests of Iraqis since it lacks legitimacy.

    "It was carried in the absence of international supervision and under occupation. Only persons with vested interests were supervising the political process, a move that is not logically and scientifically accepted," al-Faydhi added.

    Election officials announced the results earlier in the day, saying 47% of eligible voters took part in the 30 January vote.

    "It was carried in the absence of international supervision and under occupation. Only persons with vested interests were supervising the political process"

    Muhammad Bashar al-Faydhi, AMS spokesman

    But many Iraqis, most notably Sunni Arabs, did not vote due to security concerns or after boycotting the elections altogether.

    Officials said only 2% of Sunni Arabs from al-Anbar province voted while only 29% from Salah al-Din province voted.
     
    AMS officials said they will establish relations with the new government despite their belief that it lacks the authority to govern.

    "For the sake of those people [who voted], we respect their choice, and will deal with the new government. Yet we know it lacks authority, does not diplomatically represent Iraq, and does not have the right or legitimacy to draw up a permanent constitution and enter in or ratify agreements," al-Faydhi said.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.