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The European Union deplores the threat of violence against the United Nations Mission and the Electoral Commission in Iraq

The European Union on Saturday deplored the recent threats to staff of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the Independent High Electoral Commission and other bodies following the publication of the Iraqi election results earlier this month.
“These violent manifestations have no place in a democracy,” EU external relations spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement, noting that voting on election day was largely peaceful and orderly and voters were able to freely express their will.
He stressed the need to “redress any appeal or complaint related to the elections through legal procedures,” stressing the importance of all parties resorting to those legal means to address any grievances they may have regarding the election result.
He expressed the European Union’s aspiration to work closely with the next Iraqi government in implementing the necessary reforms demanded by the Iraqi people.
It is noteworthy that political blocs that did not achieve advanced results in the early parliamentary elections that were held on the tenth of this October expressed their rejection and skepticism of the results, while the Independent High Electoral Commission announced last Wednesday that it had received about 1,400 appeals against the results.

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