Democratic Reforms in Gulf and Arab Nations

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  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Iraq
  • Morocco
  • Algeria
  • Syria
  • Arab Spring at A Glance
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Yemen
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Egypt


Iraq has had several democratic elections since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, but they are overshadowed by sectarianism and tribalism that has led to a recent rise in violence. The political process is plagued by partisanship and political gridlock, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is accused by many of having authoritarian tendencies.

(Photo: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

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