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Iraq: Four Arrested Over Ballot Box Storage Blaze

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An Iraqi court ordered the arrest of four people accused of setting fire to a storage site housing ballot boxes from a May parliamentary election, state media said.

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Three of the suspects are policemen and the fourth is an employee of the Independent High Elections Commission, state television said on Monday.

The storage site holding half of Baghdad's ballot boxes went up in flames on Sunday in what Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi denounced as a "plot to harm the nation and its democracy".

Last week, parliament passed a law for a recount of 11 million votes, following allegations of fraud during the May 12 elections.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi authorities announced that the ballot boxes were saved but the fire has added to fears of violence.

"Burning election warehouses ... is a plot to harm the nation and its democracy," Abadi, whose coalition faltered in the polls by finishing third, said in a statement on Sunday.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team