Iraqis vote in early general election amid calls for boycott

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Iraqis vote on Sunday in a general election many said they would boycott, having lost faith in the democratic system brought in by the US invasion of 2003. The election is being held several months early under a new law designed to help independent candidates – a response to massanti-government protests two years ago. But the established, armed and Shi’ite Islamist-dominated ruling elite is expected to sweep the vote. At least 167 parties and more than 3,200 candidates are competing for Iraq’s 329 seats in parliament, according to the country’s election commission. “I have come to vote to chan…

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