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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Iraqi Election Update

From the New York Times:

Early voting results announced by Iraqi electoral officials on Monday, with nearly two-thirds of the ballots counted, indicated that religious groups, particularly the main Shiite coalition, had taken a commanding lead. ...

The results also indicated that much of the electorate is staunchly religious, even though many experts once believed that the country had a large secular middle class....

The results come as a blow to Mr. Allawi, a White House favorite, and his fellow candidates....

An important question is whether the Sunni Arab parties will be invited to join in the new government. They disagree with the religious Shiites on fundamental issues like whether autonomous regions should exist and how oil revenues should be distributed. If the Sunnis are denied their say, that could further inflame the insurgency and possibly undermine plans to draw down the 160,000 American troops here.

Nice. 160,000 American troops defending an Iraqi theocracy.

Impeach him. Impeach him now.

December 20, 2005 at 10:19 AM | Permalink


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