Iraqis prepare for key elections amid rising violence
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 01:16
April 29 - As Iraqis prepare for national elections that will test their fledging democracy, video shows the chaos in a hospital where the injured were taken after a deadly suicide bomber attack. Mana Rabiee reports.
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This was the disturbing scene inside an Iraqi hospital on Monday in Khanaqin.
It's where the wounded were taken after a suicide bomber killed at least 30 people at a Kurdish political rally and wounded 50 others.
It was one in a series of attacks that day that killed at least 50 people, just as the country prepares for key national elections on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, many residents of the capital Baghdad vowed to go to polling stations despite the risk of violence.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) BAHJAT TALIB, CITIZEN, SAYING:
"This is a crucial election for Iraq to change those that mar and destroy the country, so we have to go to polling stations whatever the condition will be."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) NEZAR KADHIM, CITIZEN, SAYING:
"God willing, we are ready tomorrow to go with our families to take part in the election, everybody will be taking part since it is a crucial election, we will seek to change the reality of the situation from negative to positive."
Wednesday's voting is the first parliamentary elections since U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq in 2011.
It's a key test for the country's fledgling democracy.
Election officials hope to have a safe and transparent vote.
A difficult task, with violence building and insurgents determined to disrupt the vote.
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