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Turnout at Iraqi Elections Surprises South Africa's Press


A South African editor says the press, which predicted a low turnout and great violence in Iraq on election day, has been proved wrong. But the foreign editor of Business Day newspaper in Johannesburg, Jonathan Katzenellenbogen, told English to Africa reporter William Eagle that observers are looking to see how Iraq's Sunni -- many of whom boycotted the polls -- can be included in the writing of the country's constitution. As for Iraq's insurgency, Mr. Katzenellenbogen notes that groups who turned to violence during his own country's first all-race elections in 1994 were left out of the political process, and have for the most part withered away. He also says South Africans are also looking to see if the Iraqi elections will bring about the announcement of an American exit strategy.

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