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Iraq Conducts Elections Amid Tenuous Security Environment: April 16 and 20, 2013

Iraq Conducts Elections Amid Tenuous Security Environment: April 16 and 20, 2013

Iraq conducts elections amid tenuous security environment: April 16 and 20, 2013

On April 20, 2013, Iraqis went to the polls to choose the representatives for their provincial councils in the first election since U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011. More than 8,100 candidates vied for 447 seats, and did so under the threat of violence from rival candidates and extremist groups, as the level of sectarian violence grew to its highest level in years. The results of the election were noted as an indication of the local level of support for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Shiite government. The international community indicated that it will continue closely watching the security situation in Iraq, ...

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