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in Iraq!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7862177.stm

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.

Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.

The first nationwide vote in four years is being seen as a test of Iraq's stability ahead of a general election due later this year.



Over 14,000 candidates, vying for just over 4000 seats.

They also expect over 60% turnout.

I'd call that success!
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
in Iraq!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7862177.stm

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has hailed a largely peaceful vote for new provincial councils across the country as a victory for all Iraqis.

Voting was extended by one hour due to a strong turnout, including among Sunni Muslims who boycotted the last polls.

The first nationwide vote in four years is being seen as a test of Iraq's stability ahead of a general election due later this year.



Over 14,000 candidates, vying for just over 4000 seats.

They also expect over 60% turnout.

I'd call that success!
Me too! Wonderful news! It's very gratifying to see the continued progress being made in this young democracy.

Thanks, W.
post #3 of 9
It will only be sucess if the same thing happens without allied soldier proping them up. Right now its just a 'cause they can' goverment.
post #4 of 9
I have my doubts about them being able to sustain a democracy over the long run just because of the nature and history of the region. I hope they prove me wrong but it will only happen if they can put aside their differences and works towards the same goals as Iraqis and not as Sunni or Shiite. History is working against them in that regard.
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I have my doubts about them being able to sustain a democracy over the long run just because of the nature and history of the region. I hope they prove me wrong but it will only happen if they can put aside their differences and works towards the same goals as Iraqis and not as Sunni or Shiite. History is working against them in that regard.
That's my feelings also. It's wonderful to see that they had an election. Time will tell whether true democracy can be sustained. They will always have some issues while church and state are tied together, which in and of itself, limits a democracy.
post #6 of 9
I'll reserve judgment until after the election results have been announced, and we've witnessed whether it's remained peaceful.
post #7 of 9
If I was the betting type I would bet that most of the politicians in Iraqs goverment now report every little thing they do to their clerics on a daily basis. And, there are probably a few that report to a radical cleric or two. The ones that follow the radical clerics probably have the idea that they are just keeping the clerics seat warm for him until the Americans leave.
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Nice that the UN gets thanks but not the military forces from around the globe.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...01/2479310.htm

"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."


Technical assistance. Yeah, that's what enabled the Iraqis to go to the polls. Pffttt.
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Nice that the UN gets thanks but not the military forces from around the globe.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2...01/2479310.htm

"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."


Technical assistance. Yeah, that's what enabled the Iraqis to go to the polls. Pffttt.
Anybody trying to form a goverment of their own should be worried about a election that was a military operation. Only about half of them bothered trying to get through all the military check points and security to go vote as it was.

http://www.reuters.com/article/lates...s/idUSL1417635

It sounds to me like the technical side of things worked pretty good.
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