Iraq: Democracy and Electoral Politics in Post-Saddam Era
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From the beginning of the Iraq War in March 2003 until the complete withdrawal of US military troops from Iraq in December 2011, Iraqis went to the polls on a massive scale on altogether five occasions. In January 2005, they elected a constituent assembly as well as provincial councils; in October 2005 they approved the work of the constituent assembly in a constitutional referendum; in December 2005 they elected their first democratic parliament under the new constitution; in January 2009 they elected provincial councils for a second time; in March 2010 they elected a second parliament. After the Americans left the country, the political focus in Iraq quite quickly came to focus to a third round of provincial elections of April 2013, the sixth major, nationwide election event in a decade.
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