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Thousands reject early Iraq results

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Thousands reject early Iraq results


Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets of Baghdad in protest at preliminary results from the general election earlier this month.It appears that the incumbent Shi’ite Islamic bloc has a strong lead in crucial areas, despite a large turnout by Sunni Arabs, who had boycotted the previous vote.

Bardian Yousef is a Christian. “We want all our voices to be heard,” he says. “We want people to know that we want a united government that sees all Iraqis – whether Sunni, Shi;ite or Christian – as equals. We want to reconstruct Iraq.” “We are against the division caused by colonialism and the US. Such a division will lead to sectarian violence.” More than 40 different political groups are taking part in the march to call for a new election. Iraqi politicians will meet in the north tomorrow to look at the possibility of forming a national unity government.
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