Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reject demands of May 12 parliamentary election

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has rejected demands of any repeat of the May 12 parliamentary election, warning that anyone who tried to sabotage the political process will be punished.

Reports say Abadi was referring to some calls by Iraqi Members of Parliaments to cancel the election results and hold new polls after a fire broke out at Baghdad’s largest storage site for ballot boxes.

Meanwhile the prime minister has called the fire a deliberate act and said the attorney general would bring charges against those who are trying to undermine the political process.

He also pointed out that only the Supreme Federal Court could decide whether to re-run the vote, which was won by Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc.

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