"I congratulate the Iraqi people who have for the third time this year cast their vote. I commend the courage of the Iraqis, who continue to defy those who seem to want to prevent Iraq from moving forward. This is a strong indication of a true democratic spirit and deserves respect from all. The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) supported by the UN has once again done a very good job in preparing these elections under challenging circumstances.

Yesterday’s elections for the new Assembly, the Council of Representatives, in accordance with the new Constitution, mark a historic turning point for Iraq. This is a new beginning. The EU continues to support Iraq and the Iraqi people. We look forward to working with the new Assembly and the new government."

Ref: S414/05