Kurds Celebrate Election Day There was heavy voter turnout in Iraqi Kurdistan and in the Shiite-dominated region in the nation's south. Hear NPR's Ivan Watson in the Kurdish town of Irbil, and NPR's Tom Gjelten.
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Polls Close, and Kurds Celebrate Election Day

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Polls Close, and Kurds Celebrate Election Day

Polls Close, and Kurds Celebrate Election Day

Polls Close, and Kurds Celebrate Election Day

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An Iraqi man holds up his stained fingers after voting in his country's national elections. Reuters hide caption

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With the polls closed in Iraq, voting was marred by suicide bombings and mortar attacks on polling centers in some cities, especially in Baghdad. More than 30 Iraqis were killed and dozens wounded.

High voter turnout has been reported in parts of the country, but reports from the Sunni Muslim towns and cities north and west of the capital say many people stayed away from the polls.

There was heavy voter turnout in Iraqi Kurdistan and in the Shiite-dominated region in the nation's south. Hear NPR's Ivan Watson in the Kurdish town of Irbil, and NPR's Tom Gjelten.