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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 December 2005, 15:40 GMT
In pictures: Iraq election

A Shia man with his family in al-Zubayr, southern Iraq

Iraqis streamed into polling stations across the country to elect the first full-term parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraqi men are searched before voting in al-Zubayr, southern Iraq

Security was tight with searches at polling stations. Land borders and airports were closed ahead of the vote.

Father and son walk through the fog to vote in al-Zubayr, southern Iraq

Iraqis had to walk to polling stations because of a blanket ban on private vehicles amid fears of car bombings.

Soldiers on the roof of an election centre in Baghdad

Some 150,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers were on patrol amid the heightened security.

An Iraqi man shows his finger stained with ink signifying he has voted

Every voter had to dip a finger in ink in a bid to guard against multiple voting.

A man holds a portrait of Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr

Radical cleric Moqtada Sadr has set aside bitter rivalry with other Shia leaders and joined the mainstream Shia religious list, the United Iraqi Alliance.

Voters queue in Kusaiybah, in Anbar province. [Image released by the US marines]

Turnout was reportedly high in the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar, where the electorate mostly boycotted the transitional parliament vote in January.

Women queue to vote in Mosul

Most polling stations opened in the restive northern city of Mosul, despite an attack on one that killed a guard.

An Iraqi man registers his name for voting at an election centre in Baghdad

Some 15m Iraqis were entitled to vote in the election for a new 275-member assembly.

Two women cast their vote in Baquba

Women will account for a quarter of those elected to the new parliament.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani casts his ballot in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the country's first Kurdish head of state, was among the first to cast his ballot.





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