UAE’s Gargash says Qatar isolation could last for years

Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs talks to The Associated Press about relations with Qatar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, June 9, 2017. (AP)
Updated 19 June 2017
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UAE’s Gargash says Qatar isolation could last for years

PARIS: A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Monday Qatar’s powerful Arab neighbors could continue to isolate it “for years” if it did not change course in its policy of supporting extremists and jihadist groups.
Speaking to a small group of reporters in Paris, Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said a list of grievances Arab nations had with Qatar would be completed in the next few days,and that Doha needed to move beyond its state of “denial.”
“The Kuwaiti mediation will be very useful and there will be demands coming. Qatar will realize that this is a new state of affairs and isolation can last years,” Gargash said.
“If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is then let them be isolated.”
Qatar denies fomenting instability in the Middle East and funding terrorism.
Gargash also urged Turkey, which has been supportive of Qatar, to remain balanced in the crisis and understand that it was in its interest to support Arab efforts.


Iraq court rules cancelation of some votes in May election was unconstitutional

Updated 21 June 2018
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Iraq court rules cancelation of some votes in May election was unconstitutional

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancelation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots was unconstitutional.
Parliament, which had mandated the recount after a number of political parties alleged fraud, had canceled some results such as overseas and displaced votes by amending the election law this month.
The verdict from the Supreme Federal Court confirms the recount process, which has already begun after judges took over leadership of Iraq’s Independent High Elections Commission. The verdict is final and not subject to appeal.
The court was tasked with ruling on the matter after the law amendment was challenged by Iraq’s president, the election commission chief, and a Kurdish party.
The remainder of the election law was constitutional, Judge Medhat Al-Mahmoud said in the verdict.
The major OPEC oil producer faces political uncertainty after the election, which was marred by a historically low turnout and allegations of fraud.
Nationalist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi Al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in the polls, have announced an alliance between their political blocs.
But no government has been formed yet and parliament has mandated a recount of the vote.