Building an Iraqi coalition is part of democracy
With reference to Tony Karon’s opinion article Flawed system will breed continuous instability in Iraq (March 21st): as Iraq’s election results unfold, it has become clear that the victorious political alliance, either Ayad Allawi’s Iraqi National Movement or Nouri al Maliki’s State of Law, will only have a marginal lead and fall short of an outright majority. But, contrary to Tony Karon’s commentary, this does not mean that Iraq’s democratic process is a failure.
Such a level of competition must be read as a success. Iraq’s use of proportional representation ensures that each ethnic and political group is fairly represented in the parliament.
Furthermore, the coalition-building process is creating space for political debates that have to overcome sectarian rifts to determine the country’s future.
Democracy is a long-term process and Iraq’s is fledgling but undeniably working, making room for healthy debates needed for a stable country.
Pauline Lejeune, US