Saturday, February 19, 2005

Iraq Election Blog posts the final seat allocation. Blogger Hammorabi has a similar post.

AP interviews Chalabi.

Iraq's Post-Election Political Landscape: Stuggling to Find Consensus. The math is straightforward. There are 275 seats in Iraq's incoming parliament, the Transitional National Assembly. It takes a two-thirds majority or 184 seats, to control it and choose Iraq's new prime minister, president and two vice-presidents. Two political blocs can do that now. The United Iraqi Alliance, comprised of Shi'a parties, won 140 assembly seats with 48 percent of the vote. The Kurdistan Alliance gained 75 assembly seats with about 26 percent of the vote. Together, the Shi'a and Kurdish blocs have 215 seats. (Voice of America)

Kurdistan Observer op-ed: Results of January 2005 Elections: Joyous Winners and Bad Losers

Showdown vote may be needed to pick Iraq leader. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, one of two Shiite leaders locked in a struggle to be named Iraq's prime minister, made a surprise appearance yesterday at a ceremony to certify the makeup of the new national assembly and said the contest for the top spot could come down to a showdown vote within his own coalition in the next two to three days. (New York Times via Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Amir Taheri, Arab News: Iraq on the Road to Democracy. An election that was not supposed to happen because terrorists and insurgents in Iraq, and their sympathizers in the West, did not want it has produced results that the doomsters that fought to prevent it did not expect. [...]

The Republic: Iraqi elections cover up the crime. We're witnessing a digestive miracle: throughout Canada and the United States, people are swallowing buckets of bullshit without gagging. I'm speaking, of course, about the mainstream media's coverage of the elections for a transitional national assembly in Iraq. Before we heap one more laurel upon the president's witless head, let's remember that the Bush administration didn't want these elections to occur at all. [...]