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Iraq to close airspace, borders for election day

Iraq to close airspace, borders for election day


Iraqi authorities said Wednesday (May 9) they will close the country's borders and airspace for 24 hours over an upcoming parliamentary election as they seek to impose a security lockdown.

The measures running throughout Saturday are similar to ones applied during previous nationwide polls in the conflict-wracked nation.

Some 24.5 million Iraqi voters are registered to cast their ballots in the fourth parliamentary vote since the 2003 toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein.