Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating IS

Record abstention in Iraq's first vote after defeating ISIraqis on Saturday inflicted a blow on a political class they view as corrupt by shunning the first legislative elections since victory over Islamic State jihadists. More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate since the first multiparty elections in 2005, although it passed off largely peacefully. One policeman was killed and five wounded by mortar in eastern Iraq, a local official said, but there were no major incidents.


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