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Iraq to Postpone Local Elections Until April 2018

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.

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