Atlanta, USA (CNN) – Abu Ali al-Askari, a leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq, described the preliminary results of the general elections as “the biggest fraud” against the Iraqi people in modern history.
Al-Askari compared, according to a statement issued by his office, on Tuesday, the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which were held on Sunday, with those that took place during the era of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Al-Askari’s statement explained the reason for questioning the integrity of the elections, as the participation rate was the lowest since 2003 with only 41% of the votes authorized to participate only.
The preliminary results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections announced by the High Elections Commission, on Monday, showed that the bloc of the leader of the Shiite Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, topped the results of the elections that were held on Sunday.
According to the preliminary results of the commission, the Sadr bloc came in first place, as it won 74 seats, followed by the Progress bloc with 41 seats, led by the Sunni politician Muhammad al-Halbousi, Speaker of Parliament.