From The Times, February 6, 2009
Nouri al-Maliki coailition scores landslide victory in Iraq elections
Nouri al-Maliki, Iraqâs Prime Minister, savoured a stunning election victory last night, as improved security drew voters to his coalition and away from the sectarian division offered by hardline religious parties.
The victory in provincial elections will encourage him to run for a second term in office in the approaching general election, less than a year after he was derided in the West for his ambitious military crackdown on militants.
A coalition headed by Mr al-Maliki had landslide wins in Baghdad and Basra, the countryâs two most important provinces. His State of Law coalition also came out on top in seven other predominately Shia provinces in southern Iraq, beating the rival Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI) in a triumph for secular politics over religious groups.
Interesting. Certainly seem like a promising result in that the electorate has mostly gone for the secular parties rather than the religious nutters. Whilst we likely can't expect Western levels of governance for quite a while yet if not a generation or two they seem to be making progress. What do people think this bodes for the country?