Toll from Baghdad blasts rises to 16 dead, 35 wounded

The mosque is frequented by supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada's al Sadr whose Sairoon coalition won a plurality of seats 54 in total in the last parliamentary elections earlier in May

The mosque is frequented by supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada's al Sadr whose Sairoon coalition won a plurality of seats 54 in total in the last parliamentary elections earlier in May

Additionally, AP reported, citing sources in law enforcement agencies, on Wednesday evening in Baghdad, two explosions occurred: explosive devices were detonated near Shiite mosques in the Baghdad area. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts. It also suspended the commission's leadership, which is to be replaced by nine judges.

Parliament on Wednesday voted for amendments to the election law which force the IHEC to conduct a manual recount, after it had initially declined to do so. The council ditched the leadership of the election commission and made a decision to annul votes from Iraqis out of the country.

"But everything really seemed to kick in yesterday when Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi endorsed the findings and the recommendation of a ministerial committee and alleged that there were "dangerous violations" in the election".

Al-Abadi told his weekly press conference that the commission found "widespread manipulation" and faulted election authorities for "not taking the needed measures or taking wrong ones".

The election drew a historically low voter turnout of 45 percent, reflecting widespread disgust among Iraqis with their political leaders.

Sadr City is a stronghold of the nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose political bloc won a 12 May parliamentary election. Abadi's bloc came in third.

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Twin blasts on a mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have killed at least seven worshipers and wounded 20 others, security officials said. The explosions also damaged several nearby houses.

The officials agreed to give details of the attack only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

It's unclear whether a recount would change the outcome of the election.

The surprise result of the Iraqi elections means that Iraq faces a long period of talks to form a coalition government that will coincide with the OPEC meeting later this month.

He banned high-ranking IHEC officials from travelling overseas without his approval and said criminal charges might be brought against some individuals.

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