Iraq: Elections, Government, and Constitution
June 15, 2006
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U.S. Department of State


Elections in 2005 for a transition government (January 30, 2005), a permanent constitution (October 15), and a permanent (four year) government (December 15) were concluded despite insurgent violence, progressively attracting Sunni participation. On May 20, a unity government was formed as U.S. officials had been urging, but it is not clear that the new government will be able to reduce ongoing violence. (See CRS Report RL31339, Iraq: Post-Saddam Governance and Security, by Kenneth Katzman.)