New York Times: local elections crucial test for Iraq’s democracy
New York Times: local elections crucial test for Iraq’s democracy jittery
17/04/2013 (22:01 pm)
Saw the New York Times reported that the bombings yesterday clearly linked to elections, Americans were skeptical commissioned as the United Nations prepared a test of Iraq’s democracy troubled.
newspaper said that the attackers hit targets in the areas of Iraq on Monday morning, putting background bloody scene of the election campaign at the time of preparing the Iraqis to vote in local elections on Saturday. Since the mid-day Monday, while security officials and workers in the medical field counting the dead and wounded, was killed in the meantime, at least 37 people and wounding more than 140 in about 20 attacks a separate, mostly car bombs in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Hilla and Fallujah, Nasiriyah and Tikrit, according to local officials. said the New York Times that the local elections, the first of its kind after the withdrawal of the U.S. Army at the end of 2011, the U.S. diplomats are looking forward to it with suspicion while UN officials they consider a crucial test of Iraq’s democracy precarious. commented the newspaper saying He elections or without, Iraq yard regular attacks targeting civilians around randomly, while stressing U.S. officials in the habit of improvement that the intensity of the security situation since the massacre of the civil war in 2006 and 2007, the rate of deaths among civilians as a result of terrorism has escalated since the departure of U.S. troops, according to the United Nations remember. added that most of the violence occurs regularly attributed to al-Qaeda in Iraq, in recent weeks, the country faced an upsurge in violence clearly linked to the election. Was assassinated candidates and targeted political groupings, and in the violence on Monday, blew up two schools in Hilla, were primed to be from the polling stations with bombs manufactured locally, although not killing one because the schools were empty. Later on Monday, in the province of Babylon, and status of Hilla, security officials said alarm condition after receiving intelligence reports that armed groups planning attacks on polling stations throughout the region. The newspaper pointed out that in last Saturday, went about 700 thousand of the security forces police and army to the polls before Week of universal suffrage, in order to be ready to provide security for elections next Saturday. has been polling in the development of security forces did not witness violent. Has issued Martin Kobler, the United Nations representative to Iraq, a statement in which it praised the “smooth conduct” that prevailed in early voting. He added Kobler in his statement that “it is important to move voters in a regulated environment, free from violence, threats and intimidation.” And followed the New York Times that the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had already announced postponement of the elections in the two provinces يسكنهما the majority of the year, two of Anbar and Nineveh, where witnessing protests sustained against the al-Maliki government. The reason given by the government for the delay is the security situation, but all participants in Iraqi politics almost diplomats Americans, opposition politicians, and officials of the United Nations, and even officials of the Electoral Commission believe that the decision behind a political motive Maliki, to prevent the election of candidates year anti-government Central dominated by Shiites. Aside from the violence related to the elections, the group of armed Sunni President, which is al-Qaeda in Iraq, has worked to enhance its strength since the departure of U.S. forces in Iraq in 2011 and began an expansion of its vessels beyond the borders of Iraq through sponsored by the Victory Front, the armed group that has become the most successful armed groups fighting to overthrow the Syrian Bashar al-Assad. : New York Times