Iraqis vote in general election, a test for democratic system

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By John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) -Iraqis were voting on Sunday in a general election that many said they would boycott, having lost faith in the democratic system brought in by the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. The election is being held several months early under a new law designed to help independent candidates – a response to mass anti-government protests two years ago. But the established, armed and Shi’ite Islamist-dominated ruling elite is expected to sweep the vote. The result will not dramatically alter the balance of power in the country or the wider Middle East, say I…

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