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Defying Threats, Millions of Iraqis Flock to Polls

Defying death threats, mortars and suicide bombers, Iraqis turned out in great numbers on Sunday to vote in this country’s first free elections in 50 years, offering a powerful, if uneven, endorsement of democratic rule 22 months after Saddam Hussein was overthrown. Voters in Shiite and Kurdish areas turned out in especially large numbers, and at the day’s end election officials here estimated that the nationwide turnout could exceed 60 percent. The turnout in the Sunni-dominated areas like Falluja and Mosul, where the guerrilla insurgency rages and where many Sunni leaders had called for a boycott, appeared to be substantially lower. Full Story

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