SLOVAK Premier Mikuláš Dzurinda congratulated the Iraqi people January 31 on the “historical success” of their general election held January 30.
According to Dzurinda, the high turnout showed that Iraqis rejected terrorism and violent intimidation.
The mandate which the Iraqi people have given is, according to Dzurinda, "powerful and straightforward - to prepare and admit a new constitution for a peaceful and calm Iraq."
After years of dictatorship, it represents a solid opportunity for the spread of democracy in Iraq.
According to preliminary results, around 60 percent (8 million people) took part in the first free election following the ousting of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship almost two years ago, the TASR news agency reports.
Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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1. Feb 2005 at 11:00