Threat of violence casts a long shadow over election in Iraq

More than a million police and security personnel have been called in to guard polling stations in cities and towns across Iraq, as around 19 million people vote in parliamentary elections today.

6th March, 2010

More than a million police and security personnel have been called in to guard polling stations in cities and towns across Iraq, as around 19 million people vote in parliamentary elections today.

There are fears of renewed violence following attacks on polling stations last week in which more than 50 people died.

The election, set to decide the make-up of a new government, has been cited as a crucial step in Iraq’s move away from strife towards...

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