AMMAN, Jordan - Thousands of Iraqis living abroad lined up at polling stations to cast ballots in their homeland's crucial parliamentary elections Friday, a constituency Iraq's Sunni Arab minority hope will boost their showing.
Voting was being held in 16 countries across the globe.
The United Nations refugee agency estimates that around 2 million Iraqis are living abroad - the majority of whom fled violence after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
A large proportion of those - particularly in Jordan and Syria - are Sunni Arabs who fled the fierce wave of sectarian killings at the height of the Iraq war.
That has made their votes a major focus of attention for Sunni leaders in Iraq, who are hoping a solid turnout among their community will counterbalance a strong vote among the Shia majority for their own religious parties.
Voting abroad will be held for three days, while in Iraq most voters go to the polls Sunday. - AP