A lack of overseas polling stations in France is preventing roughly 7,000 Iraqi expats from participating in Iraq’s March 7 parliamentary elections. Some are ready to go to the Netherlands to have their vote counted.
Iraqis are preparing to elect their parliament for only the second time since the fall of former dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. Outside the country’s borders, the Iraqi diaspora is also looking forward to the March 5 election, which is seen as a key test of their homeland's fledgling democracy.
“I am in constant contact with fellow Iraqis and I can assure you they are more enthusiastic for this election than on previous occasions,” says Messaoudi. “While they have integrated into French society, they still dream about returning home one day.”
Date created : 2010-03-04