The atmosphere and the proportional representation will undoubtedly change [after the elections]. [After] the previous elections of 30 January, three main blocs emerged. This time I expect there will be four main blocs and some other smaller groupings. Among the big blocs, the three old ones [i.e. the United Iraqi Alliance, the Kurdistan Coalition List, and the Iraqi List currently called the Iraqi National List] will be joined by Sunni Arabs.
I hope the triumph of the new constitution will be confirmed through a triumph of the upcoming elections. I hope that parties from Kurdistan will have a big [role] in winning the votes of those who have called for democracy, federalism, freedom, and civil society. With respect to Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region, I hope we will put forth an effort [in support of] the solidarity of all parties in Kurdistan so that they clearly demonstrate the great importance of these upcoming elections.
(Translated by Petr Kubalek)
RFE/RL Iraq Report
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