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Iraq election campaigning begins amid controversy

AFP  |  Baghdad 

Campaigning began today for Iraqi with some candidates embroiled in controversy after aides pulled down pictures of fighters killed in combat with jihadists and replaced them with their own

Around 7,000 candidates have registered to stand in the May 12 poll, with 329 parliamentary seats up for grabs.

As the clock struck midnight yesterday, volunteer workers spread across the country to put up of the candidates, AFP reporters said.

"At midnight sharp, they began pulling down pictures of the martyrs and replaced them with of the thieves," said resident Settar Tourki.

Martyrs refer to the thousands of government forces and allied militiamen killed fighting to push back the Islamic State group after the jihadists launched a sweeping offensive in 2014.

Pictures of these forces killed in combat dot the streets of and major cities and towns.

cried foul as pictures of politicians, referred to by some in as "thieves" over allegations of corruption, replaced those of combatants.

user Laith al-Shommari denounced what he called an "insult" to the memory of fighters "who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live in peace and security".

"We should burn the electoral posters of all these cowards and opportunists," he said referring to the candidates.

The May elections will be the polls since the ouster of dictator in a US-led invasion in 2003. is the 12th most corrupt country in the world, according to international rankings.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:05 IST