Iraqis vote actively despite attacks (3)

10:57, March 08, 2010      

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"This parliamentary election is considered quite transparent compared to the previous one, and it is a successful one that incarnates democracy. Though the attacks didn't ever stop from Sunday morning till noon," William Morris, an U.S. observer told Xinhua, adding he expected a high turnout.

Two days ahead of the election, Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq imposed a "curfew" on the election day and threatened in a statement that who ever goes to poll will be killed.

The Islamic State of Iraq which repeatedly threatened to sabotage Sunday's poll already claimed responsibility for previous pre-election attacks that have caused hundreds of casualties in Iraq.

The death toll of bomb attacks in Baghdad on Sunday, rose to 37 and 62 people were wounded, as Iraqis voted for the election, an Interior Ministry source said.

But there were many Iraqi people showing their inked blue fingers with smiles on their faces as sounds of blast echoing around.

No matter who will lead the next Iraqi government, and how the political landscape will be changed, Iraqi people have made up their minds to build a brighter future for themselves.

Source: Xinhua

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