Sunday, January 30, 2005

New Straits Times (Malaysia) and Fox News cover the polls opening.

Iraq's first multiparty polls in half a century began at dawn on Sunday, elections intended to unite the country but which could instead foment sectarian strife and which insurgents have vowed to turn into a bloodbath. (Reuters)

The White House is keenly watching the Iraqi election because it could affect U.S. military action there and sap President Bush's political strength here and abroad if the balloting doesn't lead to stability. (AP via The Guardian [UK])