Iraq Annan welcomes preliminary election results

“The Secretary-General pays tribute to the courage and determination of the Iraqi people for participating in large numbers in this national election,” his spokesman said in a statement released in New York.Looking to the announcement of the final results, the Secretary-General called on all Iraqi political parties “to come together in a spirit of national reconciliation to form an inclusive and fully representative government that will serve all the Iraqi people.”The UN supported the IECI in conducting two national elections and a constitutional referendum last year under challenging circumstances, the Secretary-General noted, pledging the world body’s continued full commitment to backing efforts by the Iraqi people to build a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and united country.

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