Iraq presidential vote in doubt after boycotts, candidate suspension
07 Feb 2022
Hoshyar Zebari speaks to the media in Baghdad. File/Reuters
Gulf Today Report
A scheduled vote by Iraq's parliament to elect a new national president was thrown into doubt on Monday after key factions announced boycotts and a frontrunner was suspended by a court.
Supreme Court on Sunday suspended a former foreign minister's presidential bid over graft allegations and many lawmakers said they would boycott a vote for a new head of state, prolonging a political standoff.
The court said the candidacy of Hoshyar Zebari, a Western-friendly veteran Iraqi Kurdish statesman, could not proceed until corruption charges from a separate 2016 stint as finance minister were dealt with.