Al-Kadhimi said in a tweet, "We are going forward with determination to implement the government's program, despite the dissonant voices and fabricated escalation ... This negative atmosphere .. is targeting the Iraqis' hopes for a better tomorrow." ... The elections will be held on time, God willing, and no return on the state building project. "
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi called an early general election for June 6, 2021, roughly a year ahead of when it would normally be held.
Later, Iraq’s cabinet decided to postpone the general election to Oct. 10.
Early elections are a key demand of Iraqi anti-government protesters who staged months of mass demonstrations last year and were killed in their hundreds by security forces and gunmen.