Iran congratulates Iraq on successful elections

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Iranˈs Foreign Ministry in a statement released on Thursday congratulated successful holding of Iraqi parliamentary elections to the countryˈs government and nation.

Today, the world is witnessing an independent Iraq moving towards progress, sustainable development and security, the statement added.

It noted that the high voters turnout shows terrorism has no place in the future of Iraq.

On Wednesday, Iraq witnessed its first parliamentary elections since withdrawal of the US forces in 2011, after nearly a decade of invasion.

According to officials, some 60 percent of more than 20 million eligible Iraqis went to the polls to choose new lawmakers for the country’s 328-seat legislative body.

The Iraqi election was held despite threats by al-Qaeda-linked militants to ruin the election process.

Vote counting has been underway since polls closed earlier in the day.

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