President Bush has congratulated Iraqi voters for the successful completion of Saturday's constitutional referendum.
Speaking at the White House, Mr. Bush said voter turnout appeared to be higher than during January elections. And he praised U.S. and Iraqi security forces for preventing violence at polling stations. There were few reports of violence Saturday, though a roadside bomb killed five U.S. soldiers in Ramadi.
Meanwhile, the vote count across Iraq continued Sunday, as preliminary results suggest that voters have approved the U.S.-backed charter. Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari expressed confidence the draft would be approved, telling CNN television that all indications so far are positive. A simple majority of voters can approve the charter, while two-thirds of voters in any three provinces is needed to reject it.