Iraq and Iran struggling with the basics of democracy

Democracy remains elusive along the northern reaches of the Persian Gulf.In Iraq, the problem so far is practicability. In Iran, it's process.Democracy in Iraq inevitably means significantly greater power for a hitherto powerless Shia majority.If it's to work, however, an Iraqi democracy also must accommodate Sunnis, Kurds, and other groups.A system that flexible needs firm footing in a constitution and sound electoral procedures. Iraq meets neither condition. It doesn't even have a voter registry.A United Nations team in Baghdad to assess these issues on Feb. 13 reported agreement with the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority that a valid election won't yet be possible ...

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