Iraqi Election Results
It is not a surprise that the Shi'ite's got the majority of votes. The Kurds had a strong turnout also. What is interesting is the majority winning National Iraqi Alliance will not have the majority of seats. Reuters has this.
- The Electoral Commission said on Sunday the Shi'ite list, known as the United Iraqi Alliance, took more than 47 percent of the vote. But this was less than the bloc had predicted and leaves it six or seven seats short of a majority in parliament. A powerful Kurdish alliance came second with 25 percent, while a grouping led by interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shi'ite, came third with nearly 14 percent. Few Sunni Arabs took part in the voting, which effectively marginalizes the minority that has traditionally ruled modern Iraq and held a privileged position under Saddam, a Sunni.
This will prove interesting as under Saddam the minority Sunni's ruled.The turnout was good.
- The commission said 8.5 million Iraqis, or 58 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the Jan. 30 poll, Iraq's first multi-party election for half a century
58% is a good turnout. We American's should learn from them. The people of Iraq facing grave danger still went out to vote.