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January 30, 2005

Iraqi Elections Going Well

Reuters reports:

Top News Article | Reuters.com: Millions of Iraqis flocked to vote in a historic election on Sunday.... Voters, some ululating with joy, others hiding their faces in fear, cast ballots in higher-than-expected numbers in Iraq's first multi-party election in half a century.... But in parts of the Sunni Arab heartland, where the insurgency has been bloodiest and several parties called for a boycott, polling stations were empty....

Despite the violence, election officials said turnout was above expectations. They first put it at 72 percent but later backtracked, saying possibly eight million voted, or just over 60 percent of registered voters. They acknowledged the figures were guesswork...

Posted by DeLong at January 30, 2005 04:25 PM