A blow for democracy

Darwish, Adel
March 2005
Middle East;Mar2005, Issue 354, p12
This article presents information related to democracy in the Middle East. The results of Iraq's first free and democratic vote delivered a clear three-pronged message from the electorate. Despite enduring one of the bloodiest insurgences since the invasion and repeated assassination threats by terrorists against would-be voters, Iraqis showed their defiance and determination by registering an almost 59% turnout at the polls. As predicted, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani's United Iraqi Alliance, made up of 16 mainly Shi'a parties — also known as the 'Shi'a House' — won the biggest slice of the votes, a total of nearly 48%.


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