Obama calls Iraq's peaceful local elections an "important step"
US President Barack Obama Saturday
congratulated Iraqis on their "significant" and peaceful election of
local officials, calling it an "important step" as the country takes
control of its future, dpa reported.
Obama said that Iraq's Electoral Commission had "performed professionally under difficult circumstances," with vital assistance from the United Nations, and from Iraqi police and military forces who "helped secure the polling sites and protected voters as they cast their ballots."
"This important step forward should continue the process of Iraqis taking responsibility for their future," Obama said in a statement.