Turnout in Iraq’s Election Reached 41%

11.10.20221 Initial turnout in Iraq’s parliamentary election on Sunday was 41%, the Independent High Electoral Commission said. Electoral commission officials had indicated earlier that the election drew one of the smallest turnouts for years, with the low participation suggesting dwindling trust in political leaders and the democratic system brought in by the 2003 US-led invasion. The established ruling elite whose most powerful parties have armed wings is expected to sweep the vote, with the movement led by populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who opposes all foreign interference and whose main rivals