Iraq Voters Approve U.S.-Backed Constitution

(Reuters) Claudia Parsons and Andrew Quinn - Iraqi voters ratified a new U.S.-backed constitution, results showed on Tuesday. Iraq's Electoral Commission, giving final results from the October 15 referendum, said 79% of voters backed the constitution against 21% opposed. Only two of Iraq's 18 provinces - the insurgent stronghold of Anbar in the west and Saddam Hussein's home region of Salahaddin - had mustered a "No" vote of at least two-thirds, one short of the three provinces necessary to veto the measure.

2005-10-26 00:00:00

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