Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bold Iraqi voters defy terrorists

Congratulations to the people of Iraq for their courage, bravery, and heroism under fire. Large numbers are flooding to the polls, defying the terrorists who seek to stop democracy.

And kudos to AP/ABC News for their coverage:

By MARIAM FAM Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
Iraq Jan 30, 2005 — Iraqis danced and clapped with joy Sunday as they voted in their country's first free election in a half-century, defying insurgents who launched eight suicide bombings and mortar strikes at polling stations. The attacks killed at least 36 people. An Iraqi election official said that 72 percent of eligible Iraqi voters had turned out so far nationwide. The official, Adel al-Lami of the Independent Electoral Commission, offered no overall figures of the actual number of Iraqis who have voted to back up the claim.

If the 72% figure holds up, it will exceed the percentage of American voters in 2004.


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