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Iranian daily: Democracy on its way in Iraq

Tehran, Dec 18, IRNA-Despite all violence and bloodshed in Iraq, democracy is on the march in the war-torn country, said an Iranian daily on Sunday.

Commenting on the December 15 parliamentary elections in Iraq, 'Iran News' said it was reported that 70 percent of the 15.5 million Iraqi eligible voters took part in the event.

"The people of Iraq believe in the democratic process and want their war-torn country's many problems solved peacefully by ballots and not by bullets," stressed the editorial.

However, it noted the road ahead for Iraq is difficult, costly, frustrating and with human sacrifice.

"The fact is producing a decent and democratic Iraq is one of the greatest challenges in the world today," stressed the paper referring to a number of challenges facing the Iraqi politicians.

"Containing the violence, bringing in parts of the insurgency into the political process, forming a government and avoiding civil war" were parts of the great strive in face of the Iraqi leaders, it said.

The article further referred to agreeing on an amended constitution, providing security, restoring stability, accelerating the reconstruction effort and ending the US-led occupation as a few of the problems that Iraqi politicians are facing.

Noting that the final results are not expected until the end of the year or early 2006, it stressed that democracy was the only thing which can be good for the long-suffering and noble Iraqi nation.

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