2 candidates from
AP reports (June 5th): Gunmen killed two candidates from the Sunni-backed coalition that won the most seats in
Neither candidate was expected to take a seat in the new parliament as both failed to win enough votes. But the killings were the third and fourth of candidates from the secular Iraqiya alliance in recent months, raising concerns about political intimidation of the top vote-getting bloc in the March 7 election.
Iraqi stalemate stirs militias
Middle East Online reports (June 4th): Commanders from
Although the militiamen said they had no desire to revive the sectarian war that nearly tore
Overall violence rose in May:
Antiwar.com reports (June 1st):
and Christian Science Monitor underlines the political impasse:
Iraqis can't get pensions, visas, or permits due to
election limbo Iraq
CSM reports (May 28th): For hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, the delay in seating a new government, which already has lasted nearly three months, has complicated everyday errands and added bureaucratic frustration to lives that are hard enough thanks to persistent violence and the lack of basic utilities.
Licenses, pensions will just have to waitMore than 100,000 new state jobs are on hold, and mundane tasks such as obtaining licenses and registering for pensions are backlogged until a new government is seated, Iraqi officials and
Each day the political infighting drags on, more begin to question their participation in the March 7 parliamentary elections, which the Obama administration had counted on to pave the way for an unimpeded withdrawal of US forces by the end of next year.
As militants continue a , assassinations, and high-profile robberies, complaints of a security void are growing. In casual conversations, call-in radio shows, and newspaper cartoons,