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January 30, 2005

President launches Iraq election

Topics: Iraq Elections

Iraq's interim president Ghazi Yawer was one of the first people to vote in the country's first multi-party elections for half a century.

Mr Yawer said he hoped all Iraqis would follow his lead and go to the polls.

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Click on image to enlarge - Iraqi Interim President Ghazi al-Yawer casts his vote in the Iraqi elections in Baghdad, Iraq (news - web sites) Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Over 100 parties and coalitions are competing for 275 seats in a transitional national assembly which will draw up a new constitution.

(...)  An unprecedented security operation is under way, but it is feared many Iraqis will be put off by continuing violence

(...)  Voting officially started at 0700 local time (0400 GMT), though some polling stations opened even earlier.

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Posted by Hyscience at January 30, 2005 12:01 AM



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