Kurdish alliance wins Dutch Iraqi vote
8 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Kurdistan Alliance List has emerged victorious from voting in the Netherlands in last month's Iraqi elections, reversing the results in other countries where the United Iraqi Alliance won the majority of the vote.
8 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The Kurdistan Alliance List has emerged victorious from voting in the Netherlands in last month's Iraqi elections, reversing the results in other countries where the United Iraqi Alliance won the majority of the vote.
The Kurdistan Alliance won a mammoth 60 percent of the vote in the Netherlands compared with almost 21 percent for the United Iraqi Alliance, news agency ANP reported on Tuesday.
The Dutch results were a reverse of the situation in other countries where voting was held, with the Iraqi Alliance winning 36.15 percent of the vote, compared with the 29.6 percent for the Kurdistan Alliance.
Iraqis were voting for a 275-member Transitional National Assembly. Official results will be made public on about 20 February. The new assembly must draw up a draft constitution by 15 August and submit this to referendum by 15 October.
The Iraqi List was headed by the party of Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi National Accord Movement. The list was dominated by Shia Muslims, but also included Christians, Turkomen, Sunnis and Kurds.
The Kurdistan List was made up of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. These two parties had been opponents for a decade in northern Iraq, but agreed to stand together for the January polls.
Some 14,000 Iraqis or half of the Iraqi population in the Netherlands cast a vote at the nation's three polling stations — located at Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Zwolle — on 28, 29 and 30 January.
The International Organisation for Migration organised the foreign Iraqi vote and Dutch police maintained tight security at polling booths to ensure safety. The Iraqi elections were the nation's first democratic poll in 50 years.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news