More Progress in Iraq

From Holden:

Last week’s election in Iraq was a success, if by “success” you mean it furthered the alienation of Sunnis…

Sunni Arabs on Tuesday challenged partial election results released a day earlier, calling them a “falsification of the will of the people” and saying evidence of fraud was abundant.


The Iraqi Accordance Front, a coalition of three major Sunni Arab groups, rejected those results, warning of “grave repercussions on security and political stability” if the mistakes were not corrected.

If no measures are taken, said Adnan al-Dulaimi, head of the alliance, “we will demand that the elections be held again in Baghdad … . If this demand is not met, then we will resort to other measures.”

…while firmly establishing ultra-Religous parties at the expense of America’s favorite puppets.

Early voting results announced by Iraqi electoral officials on Monday, with nearly two-thirds of the ballots counted, indicated that religious groups, particularly the main Shiite coalition, had taken a commanding lead. The secular coalition led by Ayad Allawi, the former prime minister, had won only meager support in crucial provinces where it had expected to do well, including Baghdad.

The front-runner among Sunni Arab voters was a religious coalition whose leaders have advocated resistance to the American military and have demanded that President Bush set a timetable for withdrawing the American military from Iraq.


Another prominent secular candidate, Ahmad Chalabi, the former Pentagon favorite, won less than a half of 1 percent of the vote in Baghdad, possibly denying him a seat in the Council of Representatives.


The results come as a blow to Mr. Allawi, a White House favorite, and his fellow candidates, who had expected to win broad support in Baghdad. In the province that is home to Basra, the country’s second largest city, Mr. Allawi won only 11 percent; in Sunni-dominated Salahuddin Province, he had 14 percent.