Saturday, March 20, 2010

Iraq's delayed democracy

Far from a triumph, Iraq's national elections have created a constitutional and leadership vacuum as sectarianism prevails

Fawaz Gerges, Friday 19 March 2010

"Although Iraq's second parliamentary elections since the US-led invasion represent a milestone, they will neither resolve the country's existential crisis nor bring it closer to genuine democracy. Results released by the inept Independent High Electoral Commission show little change in political attitudes and loyalties. On the whole, Iraqis did not vote according to party or ideology. Sect, ethnicity, and tribe trumpeted other loyalties, including the nation......."

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