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02/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iraqi Elections: Thousands Of Women Defy Conservative Attitudes And Run For Office

BAGHDAD -- Amal Kibash, a candidate for the Baghdad provincial council, is running a bold and even feverish campaign by most standards. With elections coming on Saturday, she is trolling for every vote she can muster.

"You are going to vote for me, right?" she quizzed passers-by on a stroll recently through her neighborhood of Sadr City, which was until May a battleground for Shiite militias. Giant posters of her veil-framed face were draped on several buildings, some of which still bore the marks of recent fighting.

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