January 20, 2010 |
The barring of hundreds of mostly Sunni candidates from participating in Iraq's upcoming elections is testing the limits of U.S. influence in Iraq even as American troops prepare to draw down later in the year. U.S. diplomacy has shifted into high gear in recent days in an attempt to pressure Iraqi government officials into finding a way out of a crisis that many fear could seriously destabilize the country both before and after the election. The 515 barred candidates -- the number keeps growing -- belong mostly to Sunni Arab and secularist parties that oppose the dominance of Shiite religious parties in the current government.
November 19, 2009 |
One of Iraq's vice presidents vetoed the country's new election law Wednesday, throwing into fresh doubt the feasibility of holding crucial national balloting in January and possibly disrupting the withdrawal next year of U.S. troops. Vice President Tariq Hashimi, a Sunni Arab, carried out his threat to veto the law because, he said, it does not provide for enough seats to represent Iraqi refugees who fled the violence of recent years, most of them living in Syria and Jordan. A majority of the refugees are Sunni Muslims.
June 16, 2008 |
Members of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr's political bloc announced Sunday that the group would not compete as a party in coming local elections but would endorse candidates. The decision appeared aimed at allowing the Sadr movement to play a role in the Iraqi elections despite a government threat to bar the bloc from fielding candidates if it did not first dissolve its militia.
March 1, 2008 |
The Bush administration believes a halt in troop reductions in Iraq after July is needed in part to ensure a large enough force is present to provide security for local elections, a senior administration official said Friday. By tying troop levels to Iraq's provincial elections, officials in effect established a new milestone to guide U.S. policy during President Bush's last months in office.
December 30, 2005 |
An international team agreed Thursday to review Iraq's parliamentary elections, a decision lauded by Sunni Muslim Arab and secular Shiite groups that have staged repeated protests complaining of fraud and intimidation. The International Mission for Iraqi Elections team made the decision despite a United Nations observer's endorsement of the Dec. 15 vote, which gave the Shiite religious bloc a big lead in preliminary returns.
December 17, 2005
First the constitution is formulated, and now free democratic elections are successfully held in Iraq (Dec. 16). More than 10 million Iraqis (70% of the population) went to the polls in a war-torn country to exercise their freedom that was so brutally suppressed under Saddam Hussein. The story is far from complete, and the new parliamentary government still faces many challenges, but it is the conviction of President Bush and the courage of the U.S. armed forces that have given hope to the people of Iraq.