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Iraqis finish vote on historic referendum

October 16, 2005

Baghdad, Iraq - An estimated nine million Iraqis turned out Saturday for a historic vote on a new constitution aimed at establishing a democracy after decades of dictatorship under Saddam Hussein.

People fired guns in the air in celebration as polling stations closed at 5 p.m. local time (10 a.m. EDT) after opening 10 hours before.

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