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Iraqi demonstrators call time on their politicians’ glaring failures

A long period of government stasis following a general election is nothing new for Iraq, as politicians haggle over which factions will feast off which portfolios. Adding to the delays in forming a government following the 12 May poll have been allegations of voter fraud which have exacerbated Arab/Turkmen and Kurdish tensions. Ballot papers have been lost and a partial recount was called, further reducing public confidence in an election which had anyway seen a record low turnout of 44.5%.

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