Kurds in Iraq have voted in a non-binding referendum on independence. The vote was held despite pressure from Iraq’s central government and the United Nations, which warned that it could ignite more regional conflicts.
Iraqis have voted electronically to elect lawmakers for 329 parliamentary seats. There is no clear front-runner as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces stiff competition from his predecessor.
Just under half of Iraq's voting population cast a ballot to choose 329 parliamentarians. Higher turnout was observed in areas that were freed from "Islamic State" occupation.
Early counts show Muqtada al-Sadr has become the unexpected frontrunner. The cleric led the insurgency against US troops after 2003 and later became a strong critic of corruption in Iraq's political system.
Iraqi authorities have said they will end a six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's independence vote, which was not recognized by Baghdad. Flights could resume within a week.
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