Polling stations open for Iraq election

Polls started Sunday in Iraq for legislative elections being held a year early as a concession to a popular protest movement that erupted in 2019 due to frustration with corruption and deteriorating public services.

Observers expect a poor turnout among the country’s 25 million voters, with many boycotting the poll, where the party of populist cleric Moqtada Sadr is considered as the frontrunner.

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Polling stations must remain open until 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) and preliminary results are expected within 24 hours of closing.

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