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Baghdad Suffers Power Blackout on Election Eve


Insurgents have knocked out electrical power to much of Baghdad on the eve of Iraq's nationwide constitutional referendum.

After dark Friday, saboteurs hit powerlines north of Baghdad. Electrical Ministry officials say they do not know how long it will take to restore power to the capital.

The streets of Baghdad were mostly quiet Friday due to security measures put in place to prevent violence from interfering with election preparations.

At Friday prayers, clerics discussed the proposed constitution. Some told worshippers to vote for its adoption, while others urged its rejection.

Authorities reported gunshots fired at two polling stations. Insurgents also bombed and set fire to offices belonging to the largest Sunni Arab political party, the Iraqi Islamic Party, in apparent retaliation for its decision to support the constitution.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.