The Iraqi People Have Voted Again: What's Next?

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Nineteen million people were eligible to vote yesterday for 6200 candidates nationwide with 325 parliamentary seats at stake. Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission says 62% turned out nationwide, despite rocket and mortar attacks that killed 38 people in Baghdad: 61% in the Sunni province of Anbar and 80% of the Kurds. It'll be days until the results are in and probably months until a new government can formed.  But already there's talk of the impact on US withdrawal. Will a new leader be able to maintain democracy?  Will there be a dictatorship or an attempted coup?  Will Iran gain even more influence as the US pulls away?




Warren Olney