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Iraq to close airports and border crossings for 24 hours during election -State TV

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A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Arabic slogan on Hanan Nouri al-Rubaye's billboard (C) reads: "We are up to it". With campaign posters cluttering the streets of Iraq, the almost 7,000 candidates running for parliament in upcoming elections are resorting to increasingly wacky pitches to woo voters. / AFP / SABAH ARAR

BAGHDAD: Iraq has said it will close airports and border crossings for 24 hours during the upcoming May 12 election, according to reports from state television on Wednesday.
They were citing an Iraqi border agency order.

Iraqis head to the polls on Saturday in the first national election after defeating Daesh militants who took over large swathes of the country in 2014.
The shutdown will come into effect at midnight on Friday.