The Iraq Report: Vote marred by dwindling faith in democracy

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Now that polls have closed and the turnout has been formally announced by the Iraqi High Electoral Commission (IHEC), the preliminary results of the early elections are expected within hours. In a single day of voting, a minority of Iraqis turned out to elect their new representatives for the next four years. The number of constituencies were expanded, and voters were able to vote for individual candidates rather than electoral lists. However, and whoever ultimately comes out on top in a minority government, it is already clear that Iraqi politics is suffering from a serious crisis of legitima…

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