Iraq Votes Today in First Elections Since IS Defeat

(From BBC News)

Iraqis are voting in the first parliamentary elections since the government declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) last year.

About 7,000 candidates from rival coalition alliances are vying for seats in the 329-member assembly.

Iraq is still struggling to rebuild itself after four years of war against IS, a BBC correspondent says.

He says whoever wins will need to keep Iraq’s fragile unity in the face of sectarian and separatist tensions.

Polls across the country opened at 04:00 GMT and are due to close at 15:00 GMT.

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