Friday, January 20, 2006

Iraqi Election Results: Coalition Government

Commission official Safwat Rasheed said the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance captured 128 of the 275 seats in the Dec. 15 election, down from the 146 it won in the January 2005 balloting. It needed 138 to rule without partners.

A Sunni ticket, the Iraqi Accordance Front, won 44 seats. Another Sunni coalition headed by Saleh al-Mutlaq finished with 11 seats, Rasheed said. A few other Sunnis won seats on other tickets.

That will give the Sunni Arabs a bigger voice in the legislature than they had in the outgoing assembly, which included only 17 from the community forming the backbone of the insurgency.

Update: Despite Gains, Sunnis Keep Whining

Sunnis were insistent they had been the victims of a massive poll fraud perpetrated by the ruling Shi'ite Islamist Alliance as well as by their ethnic Kurdish allies in the north.

Sheikh Qosai Al-Ramah, who led Friday prayers at the Sunni 14th of Ramadan mosque in central Baghdad, said he also suspected American interference in fixing the election.

"I think the Americans had a direct involvement in the results and the formation of the government. We will witness a new kind of dictatorship," he told Reuters.

Update: ToL on New Iraqi Parliament: What to Expect

The first battle is going to be for the presidency, and it is here that the fact that the Shia and Kurd coalition partners have failed to get a two-thirds majority is going to be crucial.

Update: Allawi Proves Too Darn Secular for Shiites

[A]nother prominent secular Shiite and former Washington favorite, Ahmad Chalabi, didn't even win a seat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, terrorist sympathizers everywhere! Even at UPI!
by kos
Fri Jan 20, 2006 at 11:08:25 AM PDT

Apparently, UPI's "senior news analyst" is also a terrorist sympathizer by noting that, alas, things aren't going so well in Iraq.

It was another grim week in Iraq, with more massive attacks inflicting casualties on Iraqi civilians and security forces alike, and U.S. fatalities rising again, with little, if any signs of significant progress.

The total number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq through Monday, Jan. 17 since the start of U.S. operations to topple Saddam Hussein on March 19, 2003, was 2,242 according to official figures issued by the Department of Defense, a rise of 33 in only seven days, and an average of 4.7 soldiers killed per day. This was even worse than the figure of 28 in the previous seven-day period when the average death rate was 4 U.S. soldiers killed per day.

These figures unfortunately confirm that the revived high casualty figures of the previous week were no fluke: After more than two-and-a-half years of activity and of Department of Defense and U.S. military studies and implemented plans, the Iraq Sunni insurgency remains undiminished in its lethal capabilities. Contrary to repeated Bush administration predictions, the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections in Iraq did nothing to drain support from the insurgency.

We're now averaging nearly five U.S. KIA every single day. But who cares as long as they can rail against "Islamofascists" from the warm comfort of their own homes or offices, right? Ahh, to be a pretend patriot, exhuding false bravado to mask their true cowardice.

To them, "bravery" means sending our men and women in uniform -- as well as our Constitution -- to the shredder to try and tame their perpetual state of panic, while shirking their own duty to the nation.

And then they dishonor our flag by wrapping themselves up in it.

Old Glory wasn't made for cowards.

January 20, 2006 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Glory was not made for cowards, useful idiots, or the blame America first crowd. Kerry lost, get over it.

January 21, 2006 7:08 PM  
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