Iraq’s Historic Elections: Boon or Bane for Iraqis?
Date of Issue2005-02-18
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
ON JANUARY 30, Iraqis went to the polls to choose a 275-member National Assembly. The new assembly will then select a prime minister and president by the end of this year. Around 7,500 candidates, from 75 parties and nine coalitions competed to be members of the National Assembly. The Iraqis, who had suffered under Saddam Hussein’s regime for more than two decades, found themselves between two hard choices. On the one hand, they faced pressures from militants to boycott the elections or risk more bloodshed. On the other hand, they faced the determination of the United States as the occupying power to proceed with the elections despite repeated calls for a delay from different groups who were worried that the elections would provoke more violence.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 008-05
Nanyang Technological University