As of nine in the evening, airports will be closed and procedures will be tightened near polling stations

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Shafaq News/ A security source said that the decision to close airports and tighten procedures near polling stations has entered into force as of nine o’clock on Saturday.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “Starting at nine o’clock, the airports in Iraq were closed and all flights were suspended,” adding that “Iraqi airspace is open to planes passing through our airspace.”

He pointed out that “all border crossings are closed until the 11th of this month.”

The source pointed out that “security measures will be tightened near the polling stations, and in the coming hours, any road that leads to the polling stations will be closed to the movement of vehicles.”

He continued, “There is no decision so far with the intention of imposing a curfew unless there are variables that compel the concerned authorities to impose the ban.”


Leaflets falling from the sky urging Iraqi voters to vote

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Shafaq News/ The Dhi Qar Governorate Police Command and the facilities announced on Saturday that the army’s aviation had dropped leaflets urging voters to participate in the elections tomorrow, Sunday.

The leadership said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, “On the initiative of the commander of Sumer operations, Lieutenant General, Special Forces, Saad Ali Atti, the military, the Iraqi army aviation began this afternoon, Saturday, to throw leaflets urging citizens to participate in the electoral wedding tomorrow to choose their representatives under the dome of the Iraqi parliament with transparency and freedom.” .

For his part, the commander of the federal police forces reviewed the security measures to protect electoral centers in Najaf province. A statement to the Federal Police said, “After the success of the security plan for the special voting process, the commander of the Federal Police Forces, Lieutenant-General Saleh Nasser Al-Amiri, conducted a field tour in Najaf Governorate, during which he inspected the security measures to protect and secure the biometric material collection stores belonging to the Independent High Electoral Commission.” “.

During the visit, the police chief met with those in charge of the electoral process and explored their logistical preparations, after which he completed the tour by closely reviewing the latest preparations and security measures for the conduct of the general voting process.

The commander of the federal police forces also met with the various formations and security units participating in securing the polling stations, and gave a number of directives to implement the security plan drawn up to secure the conduct of the electoral process, praising “the great role played by the federal police forces and other security and intelligence services.”

Al-Amiri directed, “a message of reassurance to the people of the province in the ability of our heroic security forces to protect and impose security and the rule of law in order to make this democratic process and the electoral wedding that Iraq will witness on Sunday.”

The Washington Post: Muqtada al-Sadr, the kingmaker, with tacit American support

09-10-2021 | 12:08 Source : Al-Nahar Al-Arabi

Muqtada al-Sadr's photo
Muqtada al-Sadr’s photo

A+A- nullUnder bright floodlights, a campaign rally marches through the noise and color, supporters hoist emerald flags, and an aide sings of the candidate’s hymns through tiny megaphones. He shouts, “We don’t do politics like others do. Voting for the Sadrist movement will bring hope.” The candidate of the Sadrist movement in the region, Hakim al-Zamili, puts his hand on his chest, a small smile on his face. After a nod, he rises to his feet and steps toward the podium, telling the jubilant crowd, “There’s only one week left to our victory.” As Iraq prepares for Sunday’s parliamentary elections, the sixth since the US-led invasion in 2003 installed a new political system, it appears that the party of the famous Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr will be the “king-maker”. If the party gets the largest share of the 329 seats in the Iraqi parliament, it will be the culmination of al-Sadr’s efforts to consolidate his position and power through the ballot box, on the street, and across the entire civil service. Al-Sadr is a prominent figure at home and abroad, with a history of agitation against US forces, and the staunch loyalty of tens of thousands of religious and working-class people. At the same time, he is a colorful person. In the years following the US invasion in 2003, al-Sadr presented himself in various ways as the leader of a sectarian militia, at times a revolutionary figure, and at other times as a nationalist who could unite the country. He has at times relied on Iranian support, but today he openly rejects Tehran’s influence in Iraq. The top leaders of his current are now speaking frankly for the first time that they want to use their likely dominance in parliament, predicted by voter polls, to choose the country’s next prime minister. “There can be no prime minister without the support of the Sadrists,” said Nasser al-Rubaie, head of the Sadrist movement’s political wing. Politicians of all stripes in Iraq, including the office of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, agree on this. It is still not clear whether the Sadr movement will continue to support Al-Kazemi and his election to a second term, as the final decision depends on negotiations with the Iranian-backed Shiite parties, as well as Kurdish political groups. Despite al-Sadr’s fraught history with the West, his party’s rise to power may come with at least tacit support from Washington.”They tried to gain more international legitimacy by appearing as a pro-state party,” says Heib Hegel, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. “This is why we’ve seen the Sadrists interact more with Western countries, including the Americans and Europeans.” Hegel added, “Al-Sadr is promoting himself as a practical and pivotal option in Iraqi politics.” “I think at this point we are looking at al-Sadr as a patriot who is better than the other options,” said a senior Western official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. In recent months, the Sadrists have taken a more cautious path than the Iranian-allied Iraqi parties, which have called for the expulsion of the 2,500 remaining US forces in Iraq. Al-Rubaie said, “We are against any presence of foreign forces on Iraqi soil. As for logistical support, training, equipment and airspace, this is not a political issue. So we leave the decision in this regard to specialists in these issues,” noting that the non-combat role of US forces can be to be acceptable.   

Rise to dominationThe Sadrists portray themselves as the protectors of the Iraqi Shiite working class. Sadr’s father, Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, was a prominent figure in the resistance against the Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein, and was killed as a result. After the US-led invasion, Sadr’s Mahdi Army gained popular support for its rejection of the US occupation. Today, Sadr’s movement provides many of its supporters with jobs and services through the ministries and companies it controls, as well as recruiting them into its armed wing: Saraya al-Salam. The Sadrists consolidated their influence in every aspect of the Iraqi government by controlling key positions in the civil service. According to a study conducted by the London-based Chatham House think tank, Sadr loyalists today dominate the largest share of these positions known as “special degrees”, which allowed them to exploit a huge amount of public resources for the sake of the Sadrist movement’s own ends. To ensure the continued flow of funds, the Sadrists gained control of the body responsible for awarding civil service positions. Sometimes the Sadrists supported technocratic ministers, who in practice had less power than the civil servants who were supposed to work under them. “I realized from day one that there were just piles of contracts waiting for me to sign,” says a former minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. “They just wanted a rubber ring, (not a minister). Over the past years, government officials and human rights organizations have accused the Sadrists of widespread abuse, as the Mahdi Army ran death squads during the civil war, and candidate Zamili was arrested for using his position as health minister to provide resources for kidnapping and murder. Saraya al-Salam has recently been accused of extortion and the assassination of political opponents. The Sadrists consolidated their influence in every aspect of the Iraqi government by controlling key positions in the civil service.The Sadrists are the dominant force in the Ministry of Health. And this summer, Al-Sadr announced that he would not participate in the elections amid the clamor caused by fires that broke out in a hospital in Baghdad and the city of Nasiriyah, during which two dormitories for patients infected with the Corona virus were burned. Researchers said corrupt government contracts, blamed on the Sadrists, left major hospitals without fire safety measures. dwindling confidencePrime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi praised the decision to hold early parliamentary elections in response to the demands of street protests that called for the overthrow of the political system, as security forces crushed demonstrators and killed more than 600 protesters over several months. With the decline in trust between the Iraqi people and its politicians in recent years, the turnout in the upcoming elections is likely to be the lowest in the country’s history, according to voter opinion polls. This concern includes the Sadrists. Last Sunday, al-Sadr went out with a sad face in a rare appearance with the current candidates. Hours after his participation, he tweeted, asking each voter to bring 10 voters with him to the polls. “The Sadrists’ tactics were harsh in this election campaign in a way that shows a state of despair within the movement due to disillusionment, especially among the younger generation of Sadrists,” says Ben Robin de Cruz, a researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark.But the Sadrist movement is still probably in the best position. “The Sadrists have a competitive advantage,” de Cruz said. In the 2018 elections, low voter turnout helped the Sadr-led coalition increase its seats in parliament from 20 to 54, more than any other grouping. At the Zamili campaign rally in the sprawling Baghdad suburb of Sadr City last week, his supporters said he and his Sadrist movement would provide them with a greater sense of dignity and belonging than other political groups. “No one but them can save Iraq,” said Haider Al-Halfi, 47.Amal Latif, a 40-year-old widow and mother of four, said that Zamili is known in the neighborhood to open his home to his supporters so they can ask for help with their problems. “We are very poor, and we need someone’s help,” she said, bearing the emerald flag of the Sadrists. A campaign employee was standing near her as she spoke, and later said that she had been paid to attend the gathering. As the event ended and supporters poured into the exits, the floodlights were brighter than anything else in the streets around them, streetlights out, and cars trying to avoid potholes. In the dark, volunteers in party clothes lay stones for a new sidewalk while a former voter watches them. “They always do this when elections are near. Let’s see what they do to this place after the elections,” said Ahmed Ali, a government employee.

The Commission announces that the results of the manual counting and the electronic sorting are 100% compatible with the electronic one

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The Commission announces that the results of the manual counting and the electronic sorting are 100% compatible with the electronic one

{Political: Al-Furat News} The Independent High Electoral Commission announced today, Saturday, that the results of the manual counting and the electronic counting match 100 percent with regard to private voting. 

Yesterday, Friday, the special poll was held, which included the security services, the displaced and the prisoners, and it is expected that the Iraqis will go tomorrow to the polling stations to cast their votes in the general ballot.