In the wake of provincial elections in January touted as a hopeful harbinger of peace and stability, Iraqi democracy is proving a tenuous and contentious affair. Today only five provinces of 14 have begun forming governmental councils, with the rest mired in threats, divisions, intrigue, back room deals and bad blood all around.
“We have to be honest with the people,” said Nehme al-Bekari, a
newly elected lawmaker in Babil. "We are still
students in the school of democracy.”