Friday, January 20, 2006

Final Iraqi Election Results In!

Actually, the results bode well for a functioning democracy. The Shiite parties did not receive enough votes to govern alone and the Sunnis did better than expected.The Shiites will thus need a concensus and coalition partners..which protects everybody.

In the 275 man parliament, the magic number to rule without partners was 138. The Shiite parties got 128, the Kurds 53 and the two Sunni factions 58.ZAMAN DAILY NEWSPAPER (2006012028865)

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin on a similar occasion: "Gentlemen, we have a republic. If you can keep it."

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