Protests in Iraq against election results
Iraqis take to the streets in protest of the parliamentary election results while the Federal Court, which approves the results, is preparing its final ruling on the issue.
Iraq is awaiting the judicial ruling on the parliamentary elections, while the Federal Court, which is in charge of ratifying the election results, is preparing its latest ruling on the appeals to the results.
Hours ahead of the court ruling, demonstrators opposing the results gathered for demonstrations near the Green Zone in Baghdad.
They set tires on free near the gate to the Green Zone and blocked several roads, causing traffic congestion in Baghdad.
A deliberation session is currently taking place in the court ahead of announcing the final ruling on the appeals, Al Mayadeen correspondent reported.
"The Federal Court's decision on the appeals will be announced today after two postponements," our correspondent added.
Federal Court subject to foreign pressure: Khazali
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Secretary-General Qais Khazali previously revealed leaks saying the Federal Court was going to ratify the parliamentary election results on Monday.
The US ambassador to Iraq set December 25 as the date for the ratification of the election results, Khazali said, adding that the Federal Court was under foreign pressure.
On December 13, the Supreme Federal Court postponed the pleas in the case calling for the cancellation of the October parliamentary election results.
After the election results were announced, Iraqis expressed their disapproval, protesting against the election results and demanding a complete manual recount.
UN Special Envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer defended the Electoral Commission, saying there was no evidence of fraud.