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Ali is an economist and political analyst, working at a private UK-based company. He worked previously at the World Health Organisation and has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter (@alialsaffar).

Any minute now…

The election results are due any minute now, and I am happy. Not because I know who has won (I am not sure I have too strong a preference either way), but because it seems the results are so close, because 12 million people came out to vote and because we have a thriving democracy. Yes, its not perfect, people are suffering and services are terrible, but who would have imagined a few years ago that we would have election after election that have been, for the most part, peaceful. Allawi passed the baton on to Ja’afari, who then passed it to Maliki, and despite what the doom-sayers say, Maliki will relinquish the seat if the voters have demanded that he do so.

We have come a long way, and I, for one,  am optimistic.

One Comment on “Any minute now…”

  1. Ahmed Al-Saeed March 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    We are standing outside the delivery room awaiting the birth of hope we all helped incepted in each other’s selves on the election days. A boy or a girl, let’s hope our baby will be a healthy one!

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