Early voting for Iraq’s provincial elections began on April 13, 2013 with the security forces going to the polls. Like the last balloting in 2009, this year’s will take place in fourteen of the country’s eighteen provinces with Kurdistan following its own timetable, and Tamim being excluded, because of its disputed territories. It is unclear as yet whether the 2013 vote will be a game changer like the 2009 one was.

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