A Unifying, Trans-Sectarian Voting Pattern in Iraq?

Iraqiya, a cross-sectarian slate of candidates led by Ayad Allawi, is currently leading by 9,000 votes with 80% of the vote counted:

Anita McNaught, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Baghdad, said that now that 80 per cent of the vote had been counted it was possible to see a pattern emerging, and showed the race would be “neck and neck”.

“It would be a safe assumption to make that many Shias are voting for a party that includes Sunni on the ticket,” she said.

“Perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of a unifying trans-sectarian voting pattern in Iraq. Perhaps we are seeing the public reach across the sectarian divide.

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