Provincial elections were held on the 31st of January, and they yielded results that (initially) seem overwhelmingly positive. Foremost among these developments is that the Iraqi people seem to be favoring strong secular central government, and are leaning heavily towards candidates who are free from Iranian influence.
Whereas in 2005, there were nearly 300 cases of violence, this election day, there was relatively little. In 2005, fraud was rampant, unlike 2009.
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