Iraq Election: Weak Government, Strong Society

Iraqis are scheduled to go the polls on May 12 to elect a new parliament which would, in turn, choose a new government. You might say: So what? What’s the big deal?

The first reason why this is still a big deal is that the overwhelming majority of Iraqis still seem committed to pluralist elections as the sole means of choosing their government.

An overwhelming majority of Iraqis still seem committed to pluralist elections as the sole means of choosing their government. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/ Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller/Wikimedia Commons.)

In 2003, when talk of holding elections started in newly liberated Iraq, few people believed the Iraqis would understand the electoral process let alone develop a taste for it. One lost count of American and European “experts” who mocked the very idea of free elections in Iraq where, they opined, the “Arab mindset” was firmly entrenched against winning power at the ballot box.

via Iraq Election: Weak Government, Strong Society

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