It's true that results of the previous Iraqi elections were stolen from Ayad Allawi and his bloc, which received the most votes, while his rival Nouri al-Maliki was given the right to form a coalition government. It's also true that many areas were deprived of their right to participate in last Wednesday's elections due to violence and marginalization. And it's also likely that this year's results could be ignored by granting the "most politically suitable" party the right to form a government under dirty sectarianism and Iranian orders.
Despite all current divisions and upcoming violations, Iraqi elections remain unusual given the standard of regional elections from Iran in the east to Algeria in the west. Political pluralism and the real diversity of the top figures and parties mark the Iraqi elections with a value that is worth appreciating.
The rise of a politically active society
Political pluralism and the real diversity of the top figures and parties mark the Iraqi elections with a value that is worth appreciating.Abdulrahman al-Rashed