Iraq Elects a New Government
December 27, 2005 Despite the lack of definitive results from Iraq's parliamentary election, observers are starting to draw inferences from numbers in the counting process. The New York Times reports that a breakdown of votes cast by the military confirms that Sunni Arabs are greatly underrepresented in the ranks.
December 15, 2005 Charges of fraud and irregularities in the Iraqi election already are emerging from Iraqi Kurdistan. Election monitors say Kurdish militia refused to leave their weapons outside polling stations and refused to have their fingers inked to ensure no double voting.
December 14, 2005 The Pentagon says Iraqi security forces will take the lead in protecting voters in Iraq's elections Thursday, while U.S. troops will maintain a low profile. U.S. officials hope greater Sunni participation will mean less violence, but they say some attacks are likely.
December 14, 2005 The election of Iraq's first parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein is a big step in the country's attempt to redefine itself. Security analyst Anthony Cordesman says its just a beginning.
December 13, 2005 Knitting together Iraq's fractious sectarian and religious groups into a cohesive political body is the goal of Iraq's Dec. 15 parliamentary election. It may only reinforce Iraq's sectarian divisions.