Top Iraq court rules in favour of manual election recount

Bagdad (Irak) (AFP) – Iraq’s supreme court on Thursday ruled in favour of a manual recount of last month’s legislative elections that resulted in a surprise victory for a populist Shiite cleric.

The court found that the decision by parliament to order a manual recount in response to allegations of electoral fraud does not violate the constitution, court president Medhat al-Mahmud told a news conference.