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Iraq Elections a Disaster in the Making by Juan Cole
Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani continues to be concerned as to whether elections will be held in January in Iraq, and whether the outcome will reflect the Shi'ite majority in Iraq. He is worried that the system adopted, of nationwide party lists, favors a small set of parties, mainly expatriate. Since the six major parties listed include the two (Sunni) Kurdish parties and the largely Sunni Iraqi National Accord (primarily ex-Ba'athists) led by Iyad Allawi, as well as the mixed Iraqi National Congress, I think Sistani is afraid that the al-Da`wa and the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq the two main Shi'ite parties could end up with a minority in parliament. www.antiwar.com...
Iraqi PM confident about Iraq election By HAMZA HENDAWI
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraq's interim prime minister said Monday he's confident only a small number of people will boycott the Jan. 30 elections despite anger among many Sunni Muslims over the Fallujah offensive and a deadly U.S.-Iraqi raid on a Baghdad mosque.
"The forces of darkness and terrorism will not benefit from this democratic experience and will fight it," Ayad Allawi told The Associated Press. "But we are determined that this experiment succeeds." www.masslive.com.../base/international-19/110117004421650.xml&storylist=massiraq
Originally posted by LostSailor
I personally feel that this process is going to be difficult but that it can succeed. I am very curious as to how the media will portray the events that unfold in January as well.
[edit on 6-12-2004 by LostSailor]
Originally posted by Bout Time
Everything connected to the Irai vote has been politically calculated for this White House.....it has nothing to do with democracy in either country.
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Qassim Mehawi (search), deputy head of the Communications Ministry, as he headed to work in Baghdad. Eight Mehawi bodyguards were injured and hospitalized.