Iraq delays general election to October 10 - state media

The elections been brought forward to June 6, roughly a year early

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A demonstrator waves an Iraqi flag during a protest in Baghdad October 6, 2007

Image used for illustrative purpose. A demonstrator waves an Iraqi flag during a protest in Baghdad October 6, 2007

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BAGHDAD- Iraq's cabinet decided on Tuesday to postpone the general election to Oct. 10 from June, the state news agency INA said.

The elections been brought forward to June 6, roughly a year early, following a proposal by Iraq's Independent High Election Commission (IHEC), which wanted more time to organise the polls.

Early elections were a key demand of anti-government protesters who staged mass demonstrations that started in October 2019. Hundreds were killed by security forces and gunmen suspected of links to militia groups. 

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Jon Boyle) ((ahmed.rasheed@thomsonreuters.com; +964-7901-947-131; Reuters Messaging: ahmed.rasheed.thomsonreuters.com@thomsonreuters.net))

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