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Middle East - Voting but for what?

Claire Spencer, December 2005
The World Today, Volume 61, Number 12
This has been a busy year for polling stations in the Middle East. Presidential elections have been held in Iran, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, parliamentary elections in Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon and local polling in Saudi Arabia. Iraq, the Palestinian Authority and Iran have all seen changes of leadership. All good signs for a region not previously noted for democratic trends. With the next round of Iraqi elections due in mid-December, are votes enough to convince the peoples of the Middle East that democracy really is on itsway?
Moore Wilson Digital Agency London