Forbes has an article up about the parliamentary elections behing held in Iraq. An interesting excerpt below –
This time, more Sunnis Arabs were in the race, and changes in the election law all but guaranteed strong Sunni representation.
More than 1,000 Sunni clerics called on their followers to vote, and insurgent groups, including al-Qaida in Iraq and the Islamic Army in Iraq, pledged not to attack polling stations.
U.S. officials said a successful election alone will not end the insurgency. Also needed is a government capable of reconciling Iraq’s disparate groups.