UN congratulate Iraqis for holding peaceful elections

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Martin Kobler (left)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for Iraq have congratulated the people of Iraq for their peaceful participation in the Provincial Council elections on Saturday.

In a statement issued on Monday Secretary-General Ban says that by exercising their constitutional right to vote, the Iraqi people have reaffirmed their desire for a democratic Iraq.

He applauded their courage and determination which, he says, thwarted attempts to disrupt the electoral process through a vicious campaign of assassinations of candidates, threats to electoral staff and terrorist attacks.

Praise for Saturday's elections in Iraq also came from the top United Nations envoy for the country.

Marin Nesirky is the UN Secretary-General's spokesperson in New York.

"Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq congratulated Iraqi citizens on the peaceful conduct of the Provincial Council elections on Saturday.  He commended the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) for its high level of professionalism in conducting the first elections under its full responsibility, as well as the commitment of the thousands of Commission staff who carried out these elections as planned. Mr. Kobler also praised the efforts of the Iraqi Security Forces who provided a peaceful environment for the elections."

Duration:  31"

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq also called on the Government of Iraq to schedule the postponed elections in Anbar and Ninewa as soon as possible.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’38″

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