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Iraq's first election since Islamic State

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr visits his father's grave after parliamentary election results were announced, in Najaf May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr visits his father's grave after parliamentary election results were announced, in Najaf May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr visits his father's grave after parliamentary election results were announced, in Najaf May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate with portraits of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate with portraits of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate with portraits of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, after results of Iraq's parliamentary election were announced in Baghdad May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iraqi people check the results of the polling stations in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Iraqi people check the results of the polling stations in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Iraqi people check the results of the polling stations in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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Members of the Sairun list count the results of the election in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Members of the Sairun list count the results of the election in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Members of the Sairun list count the results of the election in Basra May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili
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An Iraqi woman arrives to cast her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

An Iraqi woman arrives to cast her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

An Iraqi woman arrives to cast her vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in the Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iraqi people stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Mosul May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Iraqi people stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Mosul May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Iraqi people stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Mosul May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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Iraqi people show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Basra May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Iraqi people show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Basra May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Iraqi people show their ink-stained fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Basra May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili

Iraqi supporters of Sairun list celebrate after the closing of ballot boxes during the parliamentary election in Sadr city district of Baghdad May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Wissam Al-Okili
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A female security member casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public in a parliamentary election in Baghdad May 10, 2018. 


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A female security member casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public in a parliamentary election in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

A female security member casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public in a parliamentary election in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote at a polling station, two days before polls open to the public, in  Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote at a polling station, two days before polls open to the public, in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote at a polling station, two days before polls open to the public, in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public, in Erbil May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public, in Erbil May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote at a polling station two days before polls open to the public, in Erbil May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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An Iraqi Security member checks other security members as they arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Kirkuk May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

An Iraqi Security member checks other security members as they arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Kirkuk May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

An Iraqi Security member checks other security members as they arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Kirkuk May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed
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An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018.

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Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Iraqi security members arrive to cast their vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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An Iraqi security member arrives to cast his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaeir al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member arrives to cast his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaeir al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member arrives to cast his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaeir al-Sudani
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A female security member shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

A female security member shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

A female security member shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote in Najaf May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. 

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An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaeir al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaeir al-Sudani
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A vehicle carries a campaign poster in Mosul April 30, 2018. 


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A vehicle carries a campaign poster in Mosul April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

A vehicle carries a campaign poster in Mosul April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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Iraqi security members line up outside a polling station in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Iraqi security members line up outside a polling station in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

Iraqi security members line up outside a polling station in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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An Iraqi security member shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. 

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An Iraqi security member shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member shows his ink-stained finger after casting his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

An Iraqi security member casts his vote in Mosul May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote in Erbil May 10, 2018. 

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A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote in Erbil May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga casts her vote in Erbil May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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An Iraqi electoral commission official runs President Fouad Masoum and political leaders through a simulation of the voting process, ahead of the parliamentary election, in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

An Iraqi electoral commission official runs President Fouad Masoum and political leaders through a simulation of the voting process, ahead of the parliamentary election, in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

An Iraqi electoral commission official runs President Fouad Masoum and political leaders through a simulation of the voting process, ahead of the parliamentary election, in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A campaign poster of Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi is seen ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf May 1, 2018. 

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A campaign poster of Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi is seen ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

A campaign poster of Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi is seen ahead of the parliamentary election in Najaf May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi talks with her supporters during the campaign, in Najaf May 1, 2018


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Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi talks with her supporters during the campaign, in Najaf May 1, 2018 REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Iraqi candidate Zeinab al-Alawi talks with her supporters during the campaign, in Najaf May 1, 2018 REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi candidate on the Sairun list, walks in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018.  REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi candidate on the Sairun list, walks in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi candidate on the Sairun list, walks in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Muntazer al-Zaidi, a candidate on the Sairun list, speaks with boys in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Muntazer al-Zaidi, a candidate on the Sairun list, speaks with boys in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani

Muntazer al-Zaidi, a candidate on the Sairun list, speaks with boys in the Sadr City district of Baghdad May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani
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Supporters of the Al Sairun Party, which is backed by the Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, hold a poster of Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, while attending a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

Supporters of the Al Sairun Party, which is backed by the Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, hold a poster of Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, while attending a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa...more

Supporters of the Al Sairun Party, which is backed by the Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, hold a poster of Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, while attending a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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A man walks past a torn campaign poster of a candidate is seen on a street in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

A man walks past a torn campaign poster of a candidate is seen on a street in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

A man walks past a torn campaign poster of a candidate is seen on a street in Baghdad May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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Vehicles drive under campaign posters in Erbil April 15, 2018. 

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Vehicles drive under campaign posters in Erbil April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Vehicles drive under campaign posters in Erbil April 15, 2018. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A supporter of the Al Sairun Party gestures at a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

A supporter of the Al Sairun Party gestures at a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

A supporter of the Al Sairun Party gestures at a campaign rally in Baghdad May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Employees of Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission inspect voting materials at a warehouse in Basra May 3, 2018.  REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Employees of Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission inspect voting materials at a warehouse in Basra May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani

Employees of Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission inspect voting materials at a warehouse in Basra May 3, 2018. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
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