An electoral campaign billboard in Baghdad bearing a portrait of Aisha al-Massari, a candidate for Iraq's National Alliance, proudly boasts that she has "accomplished 1,000 deeds," May 8, 2018. AFP / SABAH ARAR
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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.The reason is that Assadi represented the Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, paramilitary units that fought alongside Iraq's regular forces against Daesh (ISIS).In the head-spinning world of Iraqi politics, some of the alliances this election has thrown up have humored locals – especially the unlikely pairing of Shiite scholar Moqtada al-Sadr and the communists.In a nod to the split personality of the political union, one of its candidates in Baghdad has even gone so far as to produce two sets of posters.Another candidate Fayeq al-Sheikh Ali found an unusual constituency to reach out to as he seeks to cling onto his seat at the head of a secular alliance.In his videos and shows, Ahmad Wahid lays into the foibles of Iraq's politicians. But he says the joke might really end up being on the country's voters.
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