Iraq set for election recount to salvage tainted result

  • Chief Justice Medhat al-Mahmoud, speaks to journalist in the Supreme Court building in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Iraq’s Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a manual recount of all ballots from last month’s national elections, but rejected the invalidation of ballots from abroad and from voters displaced by recent conflict. The court ruling concerns a law passed by parliament after widespread allegations of fraud. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a disputed law ordering a hand recount of the ballots from last month’s national elections after widespread allegations of fraud embarrassed political leaders and marred the initial result.

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