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Iraq counts votes after lowest ever election turnout
Vote counting was underway in Iraq on Monday, a day after a record low turnout in a parliamentary election, reflecting what many Iraqis said was a loss of faith in the country’s democratic process and political class. The turnout in Sunday’s election was 41%, the electoral commission said. The lowest turnout was in Baghdad, with between 31% and 34%.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was sworn in as chancellor on Monday after fellow conservative Sebastian Kurz stepped down as Austria’s leader in the face of corruption allegations to keep the ruling coalition with the Greens alive. Schallenberg was sworn in at a ceremony in President Alexander Van der Bellen’s office along with his successor as foreign minister, Michael Linhart, who like Schallenberg is a career…