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The Political Scene

The elections in Iraqi Kurdistan have produced a stand-off between the twomain parties and an assembly whose role is dangerously vague. Fighting in southLebanon has touched off a war of words between Syria and Israel.

Kurdish Elections End in a Draw

In the end, after a good deal of confusionand delay, the elections held by Iraq's Kurds on 19 May left things much as theywere before as far as concerns the balance of power between the two main parties-...