Middle East Economic Survey


No 6


Political Comment (9 February 2009)

In Iraq's local elections secular issues have trumped religion in the Shia provinces. Ahead of parliamentary elections in Israel, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing hard on the Hamas/Iran button..

Iraqis Go Secular In Local Elections

Preliminary results of the 31 January local council elections in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces released on 5 February provided a surprise of some proportions in the shape of a...