The fifth election since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 generated a record-low turnout of just 41 percent. However, the results contained some surprises.

While the elections took place about three weeks ago, the Pro-Iranian groups continue to denounce the results from Iraq’s elections as “manipulation” and a “scam.” That’s because the biggest losers were the pro-Iranian parties with links to the armed groups that make up the Iranian proxy militias known as Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The Fateh (Conquest) Alliance, previously the second-largest bloc in parliament, suffered a sharp decline from 48 to about a dozen of the parliament’s 329 seats, according to the reported results.

“We will appeal against the results and we reject them,” said a joint statement by several parties, including the Fateh Alliance, back in mid-October.

Iranian proxy militias
Iranian proxy militias have rejected the results of the recent election and have threatened violence if the results are not overturned. (Reuters)

“We will take all available measures to prevent the manipulation of votes,” added the statement.

The Fatah Alliance includes the Badr Organisation, the Al-Sadiqoun Bloc, which is the political wing of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), Kata’ib Hezbollah, and Kata’ib al-Imam Ali.

Another one of Hashd’s most powerful factions, the Hezbollah Brigades, rejected the election as “the biggest scam and rip-off the Iraqi people have been subjected to in modern history.”

“The Hashd al-Shaabi brothers are the main targets,” said its spokesman Abu Ali al-Askari.