Iraq’s Shia leader al-Sadr backs early vote ‘supervised’ by UN
IslamNEWS -Iraqi Shia Muslim leader Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called for early elections overseen by the UN, in a rare news conference outside his home in the southern city of Najaf.
“Delaying the elections would be a disaster for Iraq,” said al-Sadr, warning that rival parties would try to rig the vote. “I don’t want fraud. That’s why I’m asking for UN intervention and supervision,” he said.
In a statement published on his official website, al-Sadr reiterated his call for the UN to supervise the upcoming vote, “on condition that other countries would not to interfere”.
The elections were initially set for June, nearly a year ahead of schedule, but have since been pushed back to October.