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Turnout was so heavy across the country that election officials gave provincial governments the discretion to keep polls open an hour past its 5 p.m. closing time. It was not clear where polling stations exercised this leeway.

Polling stations were to close after the last person to arrive in line by 6 p.m. votes, Ayar said.

Also streaming to the polls were Sunni Arabs, who had stayed away from the polls in previous elections only to find they barely had a voice in government.

The high turnout was remarkable, considering curfews, bulked-up security, border closings, road closures and traffic bans across the country. In some cases, voters had to take long walks to get to polls. Many were seen happily thrusting their purple ink-stained fingers at photographers — the colored fingers a symbol of Iraq’s free elections.

If Clark and her leftist cronies had had their way these people would stillb e under the thumb of a brutal dictator…..Oh how terrible of the US to impose democracy on a people.


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