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Iraq reopens airspace as elections proceed without incident

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A general view shows an election campaign poster for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad's Liberation Square on May 2, 2018, ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections. (AFP)

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ordered the reopening of the nation’s airspace and resumption of air traffic on Saturday, state television reported.

The shutdown had come into effect at midnight on Friday as a security measure ahead of the voting which started on Saturday morning. There was no significant incident reported by midday.

 

Daesh militants, who overran a third of Iraq in 2014, had threatened attacks ahead of the elections, the first since the defeat of the militants last year.