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Iraqi Shiites Fail to Get Majority, Need Coalition (Update2)

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq's Shiite Muslim-based religious parties won 128 out of 275 seats in the December vote for a permanent parliament, requiring them to form a coalition government, according to results released today.

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-20

Sulaimaniyah Shake-Up Gets Cool Reception

Local government officials have been sacked in an effort to tackle graft - but locals aren’t convinced. By Rebaz Mahmood in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-03

Divisions Over Reconciliation Event

Efforts to include of former Baathists and extremists in February peace conference fuel controversy. By Zaineb Naji in Baghdad (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-03

Shia Storm Home in Basra

The southern province is a stronghold for Iraq's main Shia coalition, but not everyone is as pleased as its landslide victory suggests. By Safaa Mansoor in Basra (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-03

Iraqis Back Ethnic and Religious Leaders

Secular parties cry foul as their disappointing electoral performance emerges. By IWPR staff in London (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-03

Women's Voices on Election Day

As Iraqi women streamed into polling centres for last week’s election, IWPR reporters sought out the views of this increasingly assertive constituency. By IWPR trainees in Iraq (ICR No. 159, 20-Dec-05)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2006-01-03

Freedom From Fear Lifts Sunnis

On a day when the high voter turnout among Sunni Arabs was the main surprise, Ali and his posse of friends, unguarded as boys can be, acted like a chorus for the scene unfolding about them. A new willingness to distance themselves from the insurgency, an absence of hostility for Americans, a casual contempt for Saddam Hussein, a yearning for Sunnis to find a place for themselves in the post-Hussein Iraq - the boys' themes were their parents', too, only more boldly expressed.

  • Posted by keza
  • Published: 2005-12-16

Iraq Sinks into the Gap between US Strategy and Reality

DEBKAfile Military Analysis source December 3, 2005, 2:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2005-12-04

The Cairo meeting A possible shift in the Iraqi political process

Representatives of Iraq’s Shiite, Sunnite Arab, Kurdish and Christian parties agreed to condemn terrorism, recognize the right to resistance and push for an eventual pullout of foreign troops.

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2005-11-30

Meeting of Muslim Nations Ends in Discord

MANAMA, Bahrain, Nov. 12 - A meeting of Muslim nations initiated by the Bush administration ended in discord on Saturday after objections by Egypt blocked a final declaration supporting democracy.

  • Posted by keza
  • Published: 2005-11-13

A Kurdish Vision of Iraq

None of this would have been possible without the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq, an operation in which Kurds were proud partners. After the U.S. armed forces, our pesh merga was the second-largest member of the coalition.

  • Posted by keza
  • Published: 2005-10-28


by Helen Szamuely Wednesday, October 26, 2005

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2005-10-27

Iraq's Constitution Adopted by Voters

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's constitution was adopted by a majority in a fair vote during the Oct. 15 referendum, as Sunni Arab opponents failed to muster enough support to defeat it, election officials said Tuesday. A prominent Sunni politician called the balloting ``a farce.''

  • Posted by anita
  • Published: 2005-10-25
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