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Elections seen as only answer in crisis-hit Iraq

Prashant Rao reports for Agence France-Presse:

Massive rallies, a powerful cleric predicting an "Iraq spring" and Arabs and Kurds at loggerheads: Iraq is mired in a cycle of interlocking crises with elections increasingly seen as the only solution.

Almost since the moment the last US troops withdrew in December 2011, the country has been locked in a wave of disputes between political, ethnic and religious factions, with no significant laws passed since polls in March 2010.
And now, talk has revived of early elections in a bid to break a deadlock that only appears to be getting worse.

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