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Vote count under way as US, UN hail Iraq election

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Vote counting was under way Thursday after Iraqis braved a wave of attacks to cast ballots in elections hailed by the US and United Nations as a rebuke to jihadists. 

Fully-veiled Iraqi women flash the sign for victory with their ink-stained fingers after casting their vote at a polling station in Baghdad on April 30, 2014

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said he was "certain" of victory, but the incumbent faces widespread opposition, including from within his own Shiite community, over a marked deterioration in security, rampant corruption and high unemployment.

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