Iraq pp 135-167 | Cite as

Democratization of Iraq

  • Mohamed El-Shibiny


Commenting upon the first session of the Iraq National Assembly held in March 2005, as a step toward democracy in Iraq, President Bush proudly said it was a “bright moment” for Iraq. Nevertheless, he added there was no timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops. “We’ve always said this is a process, and today was a step in that process. It’s a hopeful moment,” he said in Washington.1 The meeting of the first Iraq National Assembly was almost the result of Bush’s insistence that the election in Iraq should go ahead as scheduled on January 30, 2005, despite the increasing insurgents’ attacks in the Sunni zone. The Sunnis, 20 percent of Iraq’s population, declared their boycott of the election.


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