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New round of bitter contention

Sunnis are preparing for the Iraqi elections. They want to change the constitution that the Shia and Kurds agree on.

Next Thursday, it is time again for elections in Iraq. This is the third time the Iraqis have gone to the polls in less than a year, but also the last – according to plan. The parliament elected on December 15 will sit for four years, and have the full mandate and power to put behind it. During that period, perhaps as early as next year, Americans will begin to retreat.

The elaborate process towards "democracy" and Iraqi self-government began already last year, when the country got its first interim government under the leadership of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. In January this year, the Iraqis elected a constituent assembly and an interim government, under the prime minister. . .

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