About 8.55 million voters cast their ballot. The al-Sistani-backed coalition won 47.6 per cent of the vote, Kurds, 25.4 per cent, Iyad Allawi's list, 13.6 per cent. Turn out was 59 per cent. Sunnis' absence is worrisome.
Interview with Francesco Zannini, professor of Contemporary Islam at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI). The Middle East has not yet reconciled the democratic worldview centred on the individual and that of Islam which is inspired by tradition. There is however hope in Iraq and elsewhere for change.