The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved the extension of the mandate of the UN mission in Iraq ahead of the early parliamentary elections, in which UNAMI will carry out monitoring and support functions.
The panel has also asked the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to submit a report on the electoral process and the work of UNAMI within 30 days of the vote, which will take place on October 10th.
Therefore, he stressed that the Mission “must prioritize the provision of advice, assistance and assistance to the government and the Iraqi people for inclusive political dialogue and reconciliation at the community level, taking into account the contributions of civil society and full, equal and meaningful participation by women “.
On the other hand, in coordination with the Iraqi government, the mission will support the provision of humanitarian and medical aid, particularly in view of the coronavirus pandemic and the “safe, orderly, voluntary and dignified” return of refugees and internally displaced persons due to the conflict.
The Iraqi government approved the postponement of the parliamentary elections planned for June to October 10 in January after the Electoral Commission called for “more room for candidacy review and registration” to be postponed.
Iraq is in a serious political and social crisis as a result of the protests that began in 2019 and led to the resignation of then Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at the end of November. After several candidates were rejected, Al Kazemi finally received parliamentary approval in May 2020.