segunda-feira, 28 de abril de 2014

Iraq: attacks on the security forces who vote in advance

There is already news of deaths, this Monday, in attacks against police and military who anticipate a vote in order to guarantee the security on the ballot of 30 April.

Despite criticism, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should be able to win a third term at the head of a country where violence is constantly growing, unemployment is endemic and ubiquitous corruption.

The streets of the main cities are filled with posters of the candidates. Is visible a strong presence of women: Are about 2600, the candidates for the Parliament, a number that has more than doubled over the last ballot.

In all, more than 9000 candidates of about 280 political forces compete to 328 seats in the House.

More than 20 million voters are registered for the vote.

Since the beginning of the year, close to 3000 people lost their lives in attacks in Iraq. The election campaign was no exception. On Friday, the Shiite Coalition rally was the target of a series of bombs that killed around three dozen supporters.

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