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Iraqis vote in first election since IS defeat

IANS  |  Baghdad 

Millions of Iraqis across the country headed to vote on Saturday for their representatives in Parliament, for the first time after the full territorial defeat of Islamic State (IS) terror group in

The polls kicked off at 7 a.m. and will continue till 6 p.m. Iraqi was the first top to vote at a polling centre in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central

About 7,000 candidates, representing 205 political entities, are competing for the 329 parliamentary seats to form a new government for the next four years, reported.

"This is an important day in Iraq's history and in the history of the political process which was built on the freedom of voting," Maliki told reporters after casting his ballot.

"Election is the only way to give democracy a success and I call on all the people to choose the proper person, whoever they believe, to be their in the coming (Parliament)," he added.

The second top to cast his vote was Salik al-Jubouri, who said: "We are optimistic and we have a hope that Iraqi people would densely participate in the voting process."

Kamil Khudir, a middle-aged man who voted in central Baghdad, said: "I expect the voting can bring better life for our people. Young people are jobless and we need We need everything."

More than 24 million Iraqis are eligible to vote in 8,959 polling centres across in the first since Iraq's military victory over the IS militants in December 2017.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 15:14 IST