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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

American-style democracy

NY Times:
Ballots from provinces around Iraq began arriving by helicopter and airplane into Baghdad today, as electoral officials pushed forward with an investigation into the voting that took place last Saturday for a new constitution.

The officials say they are looking into "unusually high" vote tallies in favor of the constitution in 12 of Iraq's 18 provinces. The provinces in question are dominated by Shiite Arabs or Kurds, who make up about 80 percent of Iraq and who are generally determined to enshrine the constitution, to the opposition of many Sunni Arabs.
Don't worry--the Iraqi parliament and their American bosses have changed the rules and the constitution several times since they sort of approved it back in August. New rule number 704: "The constitution doesn't have to be adopted to be adopted."