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Politics

Iraqi Ex-Pats Go the Polls in Sweden

Published lördag 6 mars 2010 kl 14.08
Iraq's general election takes place on Sunday

Thousands of Iraqi expatriates are voting in Sweden today ahead of the main polling day for Iraq's general election on Sunday.

Voting in Sweden is staggered over three days, beginning on Friday and concluding on Sunday. In Sweden's capital of Stockholm there are three polling stations for people to cast their ballots with more in the cities of Malmö and Gothenburg.

An estimated 6,000 voted in Sweden on Friday with predictions of around 20,000 on Saturday. 

Voting is being held in 16 countries across the globe. The United Nations refugee agency estimates that around two million Iraqis are living abroad, with an estimated 80,000 + living in Sweden.

Sweden's foreign minister recently opened a Swedish embassy in Bagdad.

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