Former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki casts vote at parliamentary elections

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The former prime minister of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki casted his vote on Saturday during the country’s first parliamentary election since it declared victory over ISIS.

Al-Maliki was seen voting at a polling station in Baghdad. The former PM is the main opponent of the current Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

نوري المالكي يدلي بصوته
نوري المالكي يدلي بصوته

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, cast his votein Irbil.

No clear front-runner has emerged after weeks of official campaigning as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from political parties with closer ties to Iran.

The vote - the fourth since the 2003 US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein - will be conducted electronically for the first time to reduce fraud.

Polling centers have been set up for many of the country’s 2 million people who remain displaced by the war against ISIS. The polling stations are set to close at 4 p.m. GMT.

- With AP.

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