Iraq: Fire at biggest ballot paper depot

  • A fire broke out at Baghdad’s ballot paper depot ahead of an election recount. Last month, legislative elections were won by an alliance headed by Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada Sadr but as the result was marred by allegations of fraud, the outgoing parliament ordered the re-counting of nearly 10 million votes. As per media reports, the reason of the fire is still unknown. The blaze destroyed several important documents and equipment.