The last time Iraqis went to the polls was in 2010, during the run-up to the departure of US-led forces. This time, they're long gone and sectarian violence is at its worst since 2008. Traffic was banned on election day to prevent car bombings. Voting was almost non-existent in mostly Sunni Anbar province where jihadists have capitalised on simmering anger with Baghdad's authorities. So what's left of Iraq and its democracy? After Saddam Hussein, have the US and UK washed their hands of Iraq?
Régis LE SOMMIER
Associate Editor in Chief, Paris Match
Abdelraman Dara SULEIMAN
Iraqi Writer and Political Analyst
Hadeel AL SAYEGH
Senior reporter for The National, United Arab Emirates
Senior Adviser on Constitution Building, International IDEA