Schools to be closed for six days in Kurdistan due to elections

Students, wearing a protective mask due to the Coronavirus pandemic, attend the first day of the new school year in Erbil, on September 27, 2020. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region’s minister of education on Saturday announced six days holiday for public schools due to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Iraq.

Minister Alan Hama Saeed said the public schools in the Kurdistan Region would be closed on October 6-11 as the Iraqi electoral commission needs to prepare polling stations.

“We’ll issue a ministerial decree today,” Hama Saeed said during a ceremony to open an 18-class school in Erbil.

The decision does not include private schools and education centers.

Iraqis are headed to the polls on October 10 for early elections. The elections are being held a year before they had been scheduled to take place in line with a key demand of protesters who filled the streets in October 2019 demanding change in the country, where corruption is widespread.

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