Estimates are that turnout in today’s parliamentary elections in Iraq may be as high as 11 million out of 15.5 million eligible voters. And unlike October’s referendum, a large number of Sunni Arabs voted. Such participation bolsters hope that a stable democracy may yet emerge in Iraq. There are still major problems, of course, and the potential of civil war remains. But as we noted in today’s editorial, the most encouraging prospect for Iraqi democracy is how much ordinary Iraqis seem to want it.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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