Kurdistan’s Troubled Democracy – By J. Scott Carpenter and Michael Rubin
Publisher: Washington Institute
In Iraq, elections are critical.
They improve security by legitimizing power relationships while allowing people to vent frustration.
In the Jan. 31 provincial elections, Iraqis chose for the most part to “throw the bums out,” selecting candidates who they thought would abandon narrow sectarian objectives and best address their problems at the local level.
The question now is whether a similar degree of freedom will exist in Iraqi Kurdistan, as the regional parliament has postponed elections.
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