Iraqi provincial elections will probably be delayed “for at least a month” because of political squabbling, according to Associated Press. Among the hurdles:
- Maliki’s attempt to include a provision banning parties with militias from running, which is unacceptable to the Sadrists. If applied logically, the law would also ban ISCI and the Kurdish parties, but hey, who said anything about logic?
- The Kurds’ demand that Tamim province be counted as a single voting district.
In other words, those in power refuse to give up what they’ve got. And unless the law is passed by Sunday, they will have an extra couple of months to consolidate their positions, as the elections will have to be postponed. After government “offensives” in Basra and Mosul, what’s next? Falluja?