Friday, January 20, 2006

The winners are...

The results are in on the Iraq elections and there's no surprises. With greater Sunni participation, although the Shia won a large majority of the seats, it wasn't enough to rule outright and the Sunnis gained a proportionate influence in the parliament thus ensuring the need for a coalition government.

The most interesting outcome was this.
Ahmed Chalabi, a Shiite politician once favored by the United States to lead Iraq after Hussein, did not receive a seat.
I think that speaks volumes about Iraqi sentiment towards the occupation. Meanwhile,
U.S. officials hope that a greater Sunni voice in the new parliament and government will help defuse the insurgency so American and other international troops can begin withdrawing.
That's I'm hoping too. I don't want to have to put up posts like this again.
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