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Monday, October 17, 2005

A Historic Day for Iraq

On Saturday Iraqis voted on the landmark constitutional referendum. Overall turnout was high, Sunni turnout specifically was high, and the day was largely violence-free. The high Sunni turnout suggests a desire by Sunnis to participate within the new democratic system, as contrasted by January efforts to boycott those elections. So, in that sense, even the news that 97% of voters in the area of the city of Fallujah voted against the referendum is positive because turnout in that area was 77%.

So a hearty congratulations to the people of Iraq, a sentiment I'm sure is shared by those of all political stripes.


Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

I haven't read much about the Iraq referendum, but based on what I know I certainly agree with Peter on this -- democratic participation is a good sign.

That said, 97% opposition would seem not to bode well for those hoping a civil war will not be next. We'll just have to wait and see.

10/17/2005 3:54 PM  
Blogger Jonah B. Gelbach said...

Unfortunately, I just saw this story. Looks like maybe Katherine Harris was involved in adminstering this referendum. Let's hope this stuff turns out to not matter.

10/17/2005 6:04 PM  

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