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Polls close in first national election in Iraq since victory declared over IS

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(12 May 2018) Polls have closed across Iraq on Saturday evening in the first national election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State group. The vote - the fourth since the 2003 US-led toppling of Saddam Hussein - was initially marked by reports of low turnout and irregularities. After hours of reports of low turnout in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi partially lifted a security curfew banning most civilian vehicles from the streets of the Iraqi capital in an effort to improve turnout. Results are expected within the next 48 hours according to the independent body that oversees Iraq's election, but negotiations to choose a prime minister tasked with forming a government are expected to drag on for months. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is facing stiff competition from political parties with closer ties to Iran. Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Archive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APArchives Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/102011028589719587178/+APArchive​ Tumblr: https://aparchives.tumblr.com/​​ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APNews/ You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/e849f00f1ec313d77bf521febf75495b
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