By John Lee.
Election campaigning began formally today across Iraq, Asharq al-Awsat reports.
Perhaps optimistically, they suggest this marks the end of the crisis with the Independent High Electoral Commission, following their return to work last week.
Campaign posters and billboards already adorn many parts of Baghdad, as seen in this Al Arabiya slideshow.
Radio Free Iraq has noted how the fact that campaigning has begun on April fools day is a source of amusement for many Iraqis.
(Source: Asharq al-Awsat)