Sunday, February 13, 2005

Iraqi Election Results

The results of the Iraqi Election have been announced and it certainly seems like good news:

Iraq's majority Shiite Muslims won nearly half the votes in the nation's Jan. 30 election, giving the long-oppressed group significant power but not enough to form a government on their own.

The Shiites likely will have to form a coalition in the 275-member National Assembly with the other top vote-getters the Kurds and Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's list to push through their agenda and select a president and prime minister. The president and two vice presidents must be elected by a two-thirds majority.

A coalition governement will have to be formed. Fantastic. Turn-out was higher than previous estimates too:

Of Iraq's 14 million eligible voters, 8,456,266 cast ballots for 111 candidate lists, the commission said. That represents a turnout of about 60 percent, several points higher than the predicted 57 percent.

So nearly the exact same percentage of eligible voters voted in Iraq's election, under the threat of death, as voted in the last US Presidential election, a turn-out that was considered historic for the US, where the only problem was the occassional inconvenience of having to stand in a long line. To Susan Sarandon and the rest of the brain trust on the left that may seem the same as being threatened with death, but it certainly is not.

So what of the naysayers now? 60% of the eligible voters voted, the elections were ruled fair by the United Nations, and a coalition government consisting of the Shi'ites, Kurds and others is starting to form the first Democratically elected government in the Middle East.

Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton where are you?

Be sure to check the current posts for updates.