Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi came to power in May after months of protests forced his predecessor to resign [Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP]

Iraq will hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, in June 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has announced.

“June 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections,” he said on Friday in a televised speech.

“Everything will be done to protect and ensure the success of these polls.”

The United Nations praised al-Kadhimi’s announcement saying it would promote “greater stability and democracy”.

Al-Kadhimi came to power in May after months of protests forced his predecessor to resign.

The next parliamentary elections had originally been due to take place in May 2022. Iraq’s parliament must still

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