Iraqi Elections: Months Of Haggling Beckon As Maliki Looks To Cling On

Parliamentary elections have again displayed the sectarian nature of Iraqi politics.

Sectarian division has become a familiar theme of Iraqi politics since US Governor Paul Bremmer established the Governing Council in July 2003 on a sectarian basis. The 2014 election, however, has revealed a new phenomenon in current Iraqi politics: The country is not only divided along sectarian and ethnic identities, but is concurrently undergoing splits within each community.

Exit polls indicate that the “State of Law” list, headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, is far ahead of its opponents but remains short of being able to form a majority in parliament. It took Iraqi politicians 10 months following the 2010 elections to agree a new government. The projection now is that Iraqis will have to wait until 2015 before a cabinet is formed. The main and most divisive question is whether or not Mr Maliki will be able to assemble sufficient allies to become Iraqi Prime Minister for a third six-year term. (CONTINUED - 1159 WORDS)