By John Lee
Iraqis living abroad in 19 countries have cast their votes early ahead of the general election on the 30th of April, news agencies have reported. Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission has said that approximately 785,000 Iraqis were eligible to vote outside the country.
Meanwhile attacks on polling stations, security forces and a campaign rally within Iraq have killed 57 people.
The bloodiest attack targeted a rally in the majority Kurdish town of Khanaqin, killing 30. Elsewhere polling stations and Iraqi security forces were targeted, an ominous show of force by terrorists trying to deter civilian voters ahead of polling.
Pictures from across the world portrayed a more optimistic scene as Iraqis from New Zealand to Sweden cast their votes, many celebrating on social media by posting pictures of their ink stained fingers.
A common theme among Iraqis abroad were thoughts for those braving potential terrorist violence at the polling stations in Iraq on Wednesday. Others expressed resignation with the political status quo or expressed their pride at being able to vote.
(Source: various news agencies.)
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