It's morning in Iraq

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    US President Barack Obama has congratulated Iraqis for holding a largely peaceful vote for provincial councils across the country.

    He called the elections "an important step forward" for Iraqi self-determination. PM Nouri Maliki hailed them as "a victory for all the Iraqis".

    There was a strong turn-out in Sunni areas, which boycotted the last polls.

    The first nationwide vote in four years is seen as a test of stability before a general election due later this year.

    "I congratulate the people of Iraq on holding significant provincial elections today," Mr Obama said in a statement.

    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Obama praises peaceful Iraq polls
     

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