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Iraq prepares for election

Election posters have been hung along Iraq’s city streets, and those eligible have collected their voter ID cards as the country gears up for the long-awaited general elections on 30 April. Campaigning for the election has opened, with prime minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term amid Iraq’s worst bloodshed for years.

Iraq prepares for election
Election posters are hung along a street in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, on April 1, 2014 ahead of Iraq's April 30 general elections. Campaigning for Iraq's election opened, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term as his government grapples with the country's worst bloodshed in years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Iraqi supporters of former Baghdad governor Salah Abdul Razzaq attend a rally in support of his candidacy in the Iraqi capital on April 1, 2014, as campaigning for the country's April 30 general elections began. Political parties began plastering posters across Baghdad and the rest of the country, with more than 9,000 candidates vying for one of 328 parliamentary seats. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Iraqi employee of a printing house prepares election posters to be used for campaigning, in the capital Baghdad, on April 1, 2014. Campaigning for Iraq's April 30 general election opened, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term as his government grapples with the country's worst bloodshed in years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Vehicles drive past workers fixing campaign posters on street lights in the holy Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf, in central Iraq, on April 1, 2014. Campaigning for Iraq's April 30 general election opened with Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term as his government grapples with the country's worst bloodshed in years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
A woman walks past an election banner with the image of candidate, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani, placed along a street in the capital Baghdad, on April 1, 2014. Campaigning for Iraq's April 30 general election opened, with Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term as his government grapples with the country's worst bloodshed in years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Election posters hang on pylons along a sidewalk in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on April 1, 2014. Campaigning for Iraq's April 30 general election opened with Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki bidding for a third term as his government grapples with the country's worst bloodshed in years. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
An Iraqi election commission official hands over electronic voter ID cards to Iraqi policemen in the central city of Najaf on March 2, 2014, ahead of legislative elections in April. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Iraqi men wait next to election commission officials to receive their electronic voter ID cards in the capital Baghdad on February 25, 2014, ahead of legislative elections in April. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iraq prepares for election
Iraqi women wait behind a window to receive their electronic voter ID cards in the capital Baghdad on February 25, 2014, ahead of legislative elections in April. (AFP/Getty Images)