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>> Just days after Iraq's Parliament ordered an election recount, this storage site housing half of Baghdad's ballot boxes was up in flames. The Interior Minister assuring local TV not a single box was burned. Even so, Prime Minister Haida Al Abadi described the fire as a plot, aimed at Iraq's democracy.
His electoral alliance came third in the election and says a government investigation found serious violations. Abadi points the finger at Iraq's Independent Elections Commission for most of them. The surprise winner Cleric Mutada Al Sada is calling on Iraqis to unite. Instead of burning ballot boxes and seeking to repeat the May 12th vote.
The election had raised hopes of a new era of stability for the country. Fresh off the back of defeating Islamic State, now the heat has been turned up. The government ordered an investigation into the fire amid calls for the election to be repeated.