May 18, 2010
The Long Road to an Iraqi Government
New York Times, New York Times
Despite dubious political maneuvering, especially an attempt to eliminate Sunni candidates, the recount of Iraq’s parliamentary elections was encouraging.
The election commission said on Sunday that after a manual examination of the ballots cast in Baghdad in the March 7 elections, it found no widespread fraud. It affirmed that the cross-sectarian coalition led by Ayad Allawi, a former interim prime minister, had, indeed, bested the mainly Shiite coalition of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki by a mere two seats — 91 to 89.
Candidates still have time to appeal to Iraq’s Supreme Court, but the recount was considered a main stumbling block to the formation of a new government.
The absence of obvious ballot manipulation — which so...