Thursday, December 15, 2005

Iraq vote draws big turnout

Baghdad — Iraqis voted Thursday in a historic parliamentary election, with strong turnout reported in Sunni Arab areas and even a shortage of ballots in some precincts. Several explosions rocked Baghdad throughout the day, but the level of violence was low.

Because of the large turnout, the Iraqi election commission met in emergency session and extended voting for one hour after long lines were reported at some sites, commission official Munthur Abdelamir said. Some preliminary returns were expected late Thursday, but final returns could take days, if not weeks.

The heavy participation by the Sunnis, who had shunned balloting last January, bolstered U.S. hopes of calming the insurgency enough to begin withdrawing its troops next year.

Although assorted attacks injured several people, killing two, and a bomb was defused in Fallujah, violence was light overall and did not appear to discourage voters.

So, what is Bushco going to do when this hugely elected new Iraqi government tells them that the U.S. troops need to leave?


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