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We congratulate all the people of Iraq on a job well done and encourage continued success as New World Democracy.
The Iraqi's handled their own security as US Forces take a step back in security for first time.
The Independent has more on how these results will shape the post-US Iraq.
Iraq's Chance For A Happier Future.
The Associated Press has more.
US President Barack Obama has praised Iraq's provincial elections as an "important step forward" for the future of the country.
"This important step forward should continue the process of Iraqis taking responsibility for their future," Mr Obama said in a statement after millions of Iraqis went to the polls to elect councils in 14 or Iraq's 18 provinces.
Security for the country's first ballot since 2005 was extremely tight, with Iraqi police and military deployed in force, and Mr Obama praised the technical assistance by the United Nations and other organisations to Iraq's electoral commission, which he said "performed professionally under difficult circumstances.
"Mr Obama said "it is important that the councils get seated, select new governors and begin work on behalf of the Iraqi people who elected them."