Sunday, 10 June 2018

Iraq ballot warehouse hit by blaze as country prepares for recount

A fire has torn through Iraq's largest ballot warehouse, ahead of a controversial recount prompted by allegations of fraud.
A column of dark smoke was seen rising above the Al-Russafa district of Baghdad, where around 60% of the capital's two million eligible voters are believed to have cast their ballots in May.
Firefighters were struggling to stop the flames even two hours into the blaze, as staff ran back and forth from the warehouse carrying blue and white ballot boxes.

Iraq's election, held on 12 May, was won by a coalition led by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, in a surprise result that pushed out political establishment figures.

But the results have been marred by allegations of fraud, levelled by veteran politicians fronted by Salim al-Juburi, the parliamentary speaker.

Staff rushed to save ballot boxes from the warehouse

Smoke was seen rising above Baghdad

SKY     News.

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