Friday, January 30, 2009

Iraq elections: How can you run a country this way?

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Dahr Jamail from IPS News describes what's happening:

Iraq is conducting provincial elections on January 31. "Uncertainty and tension are running high in Baghdad ... But this time fears are also touched by a new hope.

"'Iraq is transitioning into something more stable,'" says Ayad Allawi, former Iraqi interim prime minister.

He also said that Iraq wasn't a "sectarian" country. What?

Consider this:

"The elections, for 444 seats in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces, will be contested by 14,431 candidates from more than 400 parties." [Emphasis added]

How do you run a country this way?

Read Jamail's full article here.

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