March 17, 2020 / 9:39 PM / 11 days ago

Iraq designated prime minister says to prepare elections within year

CAIRO, March 17 (Reuters) - Iraq’s designated Prime Minister Adnan al-Zurfi said in a statement released on state news agency (INA) late on Tuesday that he will make sure to prepare free, fair, transparent elections within a maximum period of one year from forming the next government.

Al-Zurfi also said he will work to confine arms to the hands of the state, eliminate all armed manifestations, and enforce state authority, INA reported.

Reporting By Omar Fahmy and Ahmed Rasheed, writing by Nayera Abdallah, editing by Chris Reese

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