Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Beyond SCIRI and Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim: The Silent Forces of the United Iraqi Alliance

Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 20 January 2006 18:40

With the release of final results from last December’s Iraqi elections, some reflections can be offered on the likely role of the largest winner, the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) or list 555, in the next Iraqi parliament. Crucial to any understanding of that role is an appreciation of the internal power games within the Alliance. One outstanding feature of the results for the “Deep South” of Iraq in the triangle Basra–Nasiriyya–Amara is the very weak representation of the party which has often been seen as the leading force within the UIA, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). At first glance, this could seem like a localised phenomenon in the southernmost governorates, for the area has a strong tradition of creating internal north–south antagonisms among the Iraqi Shiites. But similar patterns, albeit slightly less pronounced, are now emerging in most areas… Full story here.

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