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Elections in Iraq: What Does the Future Hold?

Iraq held parliamentary elections in April, the country’s first vote since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011. Although turnout was impressive and a democratic culture has settled in Iraq, outstanding challenges, including terrorism, sectarian divisions and regional conflict, are unlikely to be rectified by the elections. The status quo will continue and Iraq, at best, can only attempt to contain domestic and regional problems.

Elections in Iraq What Does the Future Hold
Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani casts his ballot in the country's first parliamentary election in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on April 30, 2014. AA / Emrah Yorulmaz
 

Iraq held parliamentary elections in April 2014, the nation’s third vote since the U.S. invasion in 2003 and the first since the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011. The elections showed that Iraq can hold its own: turnout was estimated to be more than 60% and there were no security incidents in Baghdad, the country’s capital and a common flashpoint for terrorist atrocities. 

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