Sunday, February 13, 2005

Shiites Win Iraqi Election

From CNN:
The United Iraq Alliance, backed by Shiite Muslim Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, won a plurality of votes in the January 30 elections but fell short of an outright majority, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq said Sunday.
Hooray. We've taken out the old secular regime and installed a fundamentalist Iran-like puppet government. I'm overwhelmed.

Supposedly there are around 14 million eligible voters, and there were 8.46 votes cast in the last election.

That means that about 60 percent of eligible Iraqis voted. About the same percentage of voters as America in 2004. Which is really strange because the Washington Times and the International Republican Institute told me before the election that "81.7 percent of [Iraqis] said they were "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to vote." Huh.