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Iraq elections: Inside Kurdish capital Irbil

28 April 2014 Last updated at 09:37 BST

The Kurdish autonomous region of Irbil in northern Iraq has recently enjoyed safety and economic prosperity unlike the rest of the country which suffers from sectarian divisions and frequent bombings.

The BBC's Rafid Jaboori reports from there ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary elections, when the Kurds hope to consolidate their political role within the country.