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Iraq to Postpone Local Elections Until April 2018

Sputnik News

18:43 07.08.2017

The Iraqi parliament voted to conduct local elections with parliamentary elections in April 2018, according to a lawmaker from Iraq's Shia National Alliance bloc.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Iraqi parliament voted on Monday in favor of holding municipal elections in conjunction with parliamentary elections in April 2018, Abbas Bayati, a lawmaker from Iraq's Shia National Alliance bloc, said on Monday.

"A majority of MPs voted today to conduct local elections – initially slated for September – at the same time as next April's parliamentary polls," Bayati was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

The lawmaker stressed that the decision was taken on the basis of a proposal submitted earlier by the parliament's legal committee.

According to the media outlet, local polls have been postponed with the aim to reduce the high administrative costs of the elections.

Sputnik



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