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Elections Mark Possible Turning Point for Kurds

BY Dave Gustafson   July 27, 2009 at 6:56 PM EST

An electoral worker empties out a ballot box in northern Iraq; Shwan Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Final results haven’t been announced yet, but the opposition party — known as “Change” — is expected to take about a quarter of the votes.

For perspective on the election, NewsHour foreign affairs reporter Robert Zeliger spoke with Joost Hiltermann, the deputy program director for the Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group: