Iraq and Gulf Analysis

No Longer Supreme: After Local Elections, ISCI Becomes a 10 Per Cent Party South of Baghdad

Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 5 February 2009 19:43

The provisional results of the Iraqi local elections, released today, can be summarised in three main points as far as the areas from Baghdad and southwards are concerned: Maliki and his Daawa party are big winners everywhere and particularly so in the big cities of Basra and Baghdad; the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) has been decimated across the country; fragmentation rather than the emergence of a clear secular “third way” is mostly the rule, with the exception of a respectable 9% for Iraqiyya in Baghdad and a couple of local secular successes (including Karbala)… Full story here.

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