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After Iraq’s election 1

The parliamentary elections in Iraq represent the conclusion of one of the most successful processes from tyranny to pluralism in history

By Bartle Bull   January 2006

>With the election on 15th December of a new four-year national parliament, Iraqis have concluded one of the most successful constitutional processes in history. Rarely, if ever, before has an important country moved from tyranny to pluralism so quickly, with so little bloodshed, and with such a quality and degree of popular participation.

As in Iraq last January, and in Afghanistan five months before that, the current allegations of electoral improprieties will soon enough be sifted into two piles: legitimate complaints that an electoral commission will resolve, and posturing by the losers. Then Iraq’s elites will sit down to share out…

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