Iraq Sets A Dubious Record

As of today, Iraq has distinguished itself, though not in a good way:

BAGHDAD – Iraq on Friday will surpass the record for the country that has gone the longest between holding parliamentary elections and forming a government, experts say.

The Netherlands had held that unfortunate honor after a series of failed attempts left the country without an elected government for 207 days in 1977, according to Christopher J. Anderson, director of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University.

On Friday, Iraqis will have spent 208 days with no new government and, while the Dutch weathered their storm, Iraq’s weak institutions may not hold up against mounting pressure and a steady level of violence.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. john personna says:

    Woodward was on Matthews yesterday. I forced myself to listen to the bad news

  2. john personna says:

    Heh, I took a shot at embedding the video. That didn’t fly. Instead:

    Also, I’d suggest that anyone who isn’t too far gone with Matthews as a leg-tingling Marxist, to watch this one too. In it he and former President Clinton talk about barbell politics, how rightists show up on Fox, and yes, how leftists show up on MSNBC:

  3. Brummagem Joe says:

    Er…you mean we’ve destabilized Iraq Doug? You mean that once we took the insurgents off the payroll they’ve gone into business again? How surprising.