Iraqi lawmakers approve new election law meeting protestors’ demands

BAGHDAD, Iraq’s parliament on Tuesday passed a new electoral law, one of key demands made by protestors, aiming to ensure a fairer vote after recent elections were marred by allegations of widespread rigging.

The new election law approved by parliament will allow voters to elect individual lawmakers instead of choosing from party lists, with each lawmaker representing a specific electoral district instead of groups of MPs representing entire provinces.

The new electoral law is seen as a victory for the protestors, who have brought down the government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi after months of violent unrest.

Thousands of mostly young Iraqis have been demonstrating for months against corruption, unemployment and poor public services.

Source: Kuwait News Agency