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Posted on Mar 29, 2010
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sits in a modestly gilded chair.

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Guess that’s what happens when George W. Bush, that model of a participant in free and fair elections, is your liberator and sponsor—PZS

The Guardian:

The body, known as the Accountability and Justice Commission, played a prominent role in the lead-up to the election in March, outlawing dozens of candidates and sparking fears of another mass Sunni boycott, as well as concerns that it had a political agenda. The six candidates were banned on the eve of the election.

Ali Faisal al-Lami, the commission’s head, who was a losing Shia contender in the poll, refused today to reveal their names. However, it is understood that at least three hail from the Iraqiya party of Ayad Allawi, whose slender two-seat victory over rival Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister before the election, gave him the stronger claim on forming a government.

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By Dave Thomas, April 20, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

I guess the author is completely unfamiliar with American history and doesn’t understand the angst felt by Jeffersonians who had to wait five months to find out if John Adams would step down in March of 1801. What is really interesting is what Adams did during those five months that completely changed the trajectory of American history.

Go ahead author, educate yourself about the history of democracy. It would be nice to read a more informed post instead of one that is a transparent “blame Bush” rant.

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By gerard, March 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

I guess we are supposed to be glad that Iraq now has a democracy and two parties can argue till they are blue in the fact about who won what, meantime refusing to cooperate for the good of the people.  Then there’s always the brilliant possibility of collecting money from powerful interests such as religious and corporate/banking interests, get the highest court in the land to decree that these interests can make unlimited contributions to candidates, and let the last man standing (no women allowed) “win” the most votes. Excuse the sarcasm, but how many men, women and childrlen paid with their lives for this?

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