Iraq to Hold Parliamentary Elections on May 15

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi. On Thursday, he rejected an offer by regional officials to freeze the results of the Kurdistan referendum.
Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq speaking to the media following the Counter-ISIL Coalition Small Group Meeting in London, 22 January 2015. Photo: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The government of Iraq announced on Wednesday that parliamentary elections will be held in mid-May.

The Cabinet announced that the vote will take place on May 15, and “parties with armed wings” will be excluded from running candidates.

The government agreed to the date in a meeting on Tuesday but it must still be approved by parliament. Parliament previously voted to hold local elections in April. Iraq last held national elections in 2014 and municipal elections in 2013.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not said if he will seek a second term.