Iraqis Accuse Maliki of Dictatorship After Arrest of Top Election Official
Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum are accusing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of seeking to rig the country’s electoral system after he arrested the official in charge of administering elections.
Now, the top elections official, Faraj al-Haidari, and another election commissioner, Kareem al-Tamimi, are jailed inside the Salhayah police station in Baghdad on charges of corruption, despite a court ruling in their favor two months ago.
The arrest of Haidari “is undemocratic and illegal,” said Muaid al-Tayab, a member of parliament. “We call it political revenge.”