Czech Iraqis join compatriots in landmark vote
Iraqis have been taking part in landmark elections in their country to elect the first full-term government, and Iraqis in the Czech Republic, too, have taken part. On Wednesday 82 of them travelled to Vienna by busses provided by the Foreign Ministry, in order to support of the democratic process. A little earlier we spoke to Ahmed Ghlim - the spokesman for the Iraqi Forum in the Czech Republic, who has lived in the Czech Republic for 26 years. He told Radio Prague about his feelings on the vote.
"As far as Iraq is concerned I am confident that a lot can change. Now, when we have political parties, and now when we have Sunnis joining in the political process - that itself brings hope. As voters we reject terror - we made this clear on our way to Vienna, and even today the terrorists' room to manoeuvre is slowly growing more limited. Regardless of who wins the elections - all parties taking part stressed this - whoever wins must bring security first. Then we can deal with basic human needs: electricity and water. When security is settled in Iraq, I think the situation will truly improve."