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Iraqis Abroad Begin Voting in Parliamentary Elections

Iraqis living outside the country can begin voting Tuesday in the country's parliamentary elections.

Expatriates will be able to cast ballots through Thursday, the day when Iraq itself holds the elections. Fifteen countries have set up polling stations for Iraqis living abroad.

Authorities in Iraq are preparing tough security measures for Thursday's elections. The country's borders will be closed, road traffic will be restricted except for vehicles with special permits, and night-time curfews will be extended starting tonight.

Early voting was held in Iraq Monday for soldiers, prisoners and hospital patients.

Meanwhile, Iraqi police say gunmen shot dead a leading Sunni Muslim Arab politician. Mizhar al-Dulaimi of the Free Progressive Iraqi Party was killed while campaigning in Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province. He had been urging Iraqis to vote in the parliamentary election.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.