IN PICTURES: Iraq’s Kurds hold elections for regional parliament

More than 700 candidates are vying for 111 seats in Sunday’s elections, in which nearly 3.5 million Kurds are eligible to vote. (Reuters)

Iraq’s self-ruled Kurdish region is holding parliamentary elections a year after a vote for independence sparked a punishing backlash from Baghdad, leaving Kurdish leaders deeply divided.

More than 700 candidates are vying for 111 seats in Sunday’s elections, in which nearly 3.5 million Kurds are eligible to vote. It is not clear when the results will be announced.

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An Iraqi Kurdish man, casts his vote, during parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

An Iraqi Kurdish man, casts his vote, during parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

 parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

The last parliamentary elections were in 2013, but the assembly stopped meeting in 2015 amid internal political tensions and the war against ISIS.

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region in Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region in Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

Kurdish politics have long been dominated by Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, which is riven by infighting. Those two factions are expected to win the lion’s share of the vote.

 parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

parliamentary elections in the semi-autonomous region, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq September 30, 2018. (Reuters)

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