Turbans Need Not Apply
According to today's New York Times, the concerns about Iraq becoming a greater Iran might be unfounded based upon a prevalent commitment to secularism:
"There will be no turbans in the government," said Adnan Ali, a senior leader of the Dawa Party, one of the largest Shiite parties. "Everyone agrees on that."And that view appears to be widespread, and based upon a negative perception of the Mullahs of Tehran:
The conviction that the Iranian model should be avoided in Iraq is apparently shared by the Iranians themselves. One Iraqi Shiite leader, who recently traveled to Tehran, the Iranian capital, said he was warned by the Iranians themselves against putting clerics in the government. "They said it caused too many problems," the Iraqi said.
Adil Abdul Mahdi, the Iraqi finance minister and a leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, flirted with communism in his youth, has two master's degrees from French universities and maintains a home in France.
Communist background, French educated (sic), French landowner. Now that's reason enough to brave the car bombs and head to the polls.
A thorough roundup of all the Shia, Kurdish, Sunni, and National list parties up for election in Iraq can be found here.