December 19, 2005


Partial Results of Parliamentary Elections Released in Iraq: Militant Group Posts Video of Alleged Killing of American (Doug Struck and Daniela Deane, December 19, 2005, Washington Post)

Initial results of Iraq's national election from more than half the country's provinces brought a strong showing by Shiite and Kurdish parties, Iraq's electoral commission announced Monday, underscoring the secular divisions of the country. [...]

The initial results showed the coalition of Shiites leading with 58 percent of the vote, followed by a Sunni-led coalition with 19 percent, in Baghdad province, the country's largest voting district. The secular party headed by former prime minister Ayad Allawi got 14 percent of the votes.

The Shiite coalition now has the largest party in the interim parliament. Its strength was expected to be diluted by a large turnout of Sunnis, who had mostly boycotted the January election of an interim government. But the initial results, which included almost complete results from 10 out of 18 provinces, showed a large turnout for the Shiite coalition.

The Kurds of the north also emerged largely unsplintered by smaller parties, to claim what is expected to be the second-largest bloc in the parliament.

Elections officials said they expected the unofficial tally to be completed "in two or three days."

This is the key moment for the Sunni, when they have to face the fact that even with strong turnout they are a rather small minority in greater Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2005 4:43 PM

There are even anecdotal reports, via Bill Roggio, that many Sunnis voted for Allawi's coalition.

Posted by: ng ghostcat at December 19, 2005 4:57 PM

The result would have been even more overwhelming if all those killed by Saddam could have voted - but if the DemoRats were in charge, they probably would have.

Posted by: obc at December 19, 2005 5:09 PM