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Parliamentary question - E-006403/2020Parliamentary question

    EU monitoring of the 2021 parliamentary elections in Iraq

    Question for written answer  E-006403/2020
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Hannah Neumann (Verts/ALE), Alexandra Geese (Verts/ALE), Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel (Verts/ALE), Erik Marquardt (Verts/ALE)

    Iraq’s parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 2021. Mass protests calling for political reforms have prompted the decision to bring forward the elections.

    Following the liberation of Iraq’s north‑west from the Daesh regime, the EU strategy of 8 January 2018 on Iraq stated:

    ‘The EU in particular has a vital interest in making sure that Iraq emerges from the crisis stronger. Failure to address the root causes of the crisis would damage the country’s unity, its security, its democratic order, as well as its economic development, and would undermine the Iraqi Government’s reform and reconciliation efforts. (...) It is therefore essential that the EU and the international community remain engaged in supporting Iraq at this critical time’.

    Since the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, the EU has only sent one election support mission to Iraq, in 2010.

    Last updated: 29 January 2021
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