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Iraq votes

<p>A policeman frisks a resident outside a polling station in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed </p>

A policeman frisks a resident outside a polling station in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

A policeman frisks a resident outside a polling station in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

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<p>Policemen wait to vote outside a polling station in Sulaimaniya, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad, March 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Jamal Penjweny </p>

Policemen wait to vote outside a polling station in Sulaimaniya, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad, March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jamal Penjweny

Policemen wait to vote outside a polling station in Sulaimaniya, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad, March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jamal Penjweny

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<p>An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan holds up her passport as she waits to cast her ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed </p>

An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan holds up her passport as she waits to cast her ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan holds up her passport as she waits to cast her ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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<p>An Iraqi living in Tehran looks at a ballot paper as he prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

An Iraqi living in Tehran looks at a ballot paper as he prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

An Iraqi living in Tehran looks at a ballot paper as he prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A resident casts her vote at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani </p>

A resident casts her vote at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A resident casts her vote at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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<p>A resident waits to register her name at a polling station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah </p>

A resident waits to register her name at a polling station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

A resident waits to register her name at a polling station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>An Iraqi official sits behind a ballot box at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. Iraqis in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan started early voting ahead of the country's March 7 parliamentary election that will test Iraq's prospects for stability as U.S. troops prepare to leave. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed </p>

An Iraqi official sits behind a ballot box at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. Iraqis in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan started early voting ahead of the country's March 7 parliamentary election that will test Iraq's...more

An Iraqi official sits behind a ballot box at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. Iraqis in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan started early voting ahead of the country's March 7 parliamentary election that will test Iraq's prospects for stability as U.S. troops prepare to leave. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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<p>An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan casts his ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed </p>

An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan casts his ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

An Iraqi refugee living in Jordan casts his ballot at a polling station in a government school in Amman March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

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<p>An Iraqi officer votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

An Iraqi officer votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

An Iraqi officer votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>An Iraqi soldier votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah </p>

An Iraqi soldier votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

An Iraqi soldier votes at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes at a counting station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah </p>

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes at a counting station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes at a counting station in Baghdad March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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<p>A visually impaired woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Atef Hassan </p>

A visually impaired woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

A visually impaired woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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<p>An Iraqi woman living in the United Arab Emirates casts her ballot at a polling station in Dubai March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mosab Omar</p>

An Iraqi woman living in the United Arab Emirates casts her ballot at a polling station in Dubai March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mosab Omar

An Iraqi woman living in the United Arab Emirates casts her ballot at a polling station in Dubai March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mosab Omar

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<p>An Iraqi security officer stands at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl </p>

An Iraqi security officer stands at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

An Iraqi security officer stands at a polling station in the Dolatabad area, southern Tehran, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

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<p>A resident shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani </p>

A resident shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A resident shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Baghdad's Sadr City March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

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<p>A worker casts her ballot at a hospital in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Malik </p>

A worker casts her ballot at a hospital in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Malik

A worker casts her ballot at a hospital in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Malik

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<p>A man who voted on the parliamentary special voting day attends Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

A man who voted on the parliamentary special voting day attends Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

A man who voted on the parliamentary special voting day attends Friday prayers in Baghdad's Sadr City, northeastern Baghdad March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>The ink-stained finger of a member of the Iraqi security forces is seen as he stands guard after voting at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

The ink-stained finger of a member of the Iraqi security forces is seen as he stands guard after voting at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

The ink-stained finger of a member of the Iraqi security forces is seen as he stands guard after voting at a polling station in Baghdad March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>An Iraqi woman living in Lebanon holds up her ink-stained index finger, in front of an Iraqi flag, after voting at a polling station in Beirut March 5, 2010. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim </p>

An Iraqi woman living in Lebanon holds up her ink-stained index finger, in front of an Iraqi flag, after voting at a polling station in Beirut March 5, 2010. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim

An Iraqi woman living in Lebanon holds up her ink-stained index finger, in front of an Iraqi flag, after voting at a polling station in Beirut March 5, 2010. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim

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<p>An employee of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) prays at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Atef Hassan </p>

An employee of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) prays at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

An employee of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) prays at a polling station in Basra, 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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<p>Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) empty a ballot box for counting at a polling station in Basra, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan </p>

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) empty a ballot box for counting at a polling station in Basra, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) empty a ballot box for counting at a polling station in Basra, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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<p>Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes of the special parliamentary voting day at a counting centre in Baghdad March 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen </p>

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes of the special parliamentary voting day at a counting centre in Baghdad March 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

Employees of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) tally votes of the special parliamentary voting day at a counting centre in Baghdad March 6, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Ameen

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<p>A Kurdish resident kisses a picture of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani as he celebrates with others after parliamentary voting in Kirkuk, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed </p>

A Kurdish resident kisses a picture of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani as he celebrates with others after parliamentary voting in Kirkuk, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

A Kurdish resident kisses a picture of Iraq's President Jalal Talabani as he celebrates with others after parliamentary voting in Kirkuk, about 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

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