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NEWS: New Iraqi President, PM Confirmed Despite Protocol Chaos

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 01:51 AM
For the first time in fifty years, a democratically elected government is emerging in Iraq. Jalal Talabani named Ibrahim Jaafari as Prime Minister after weeks of partisan bickering. Talabani promised to bring reconciliation to Iraq, including amnesty for insurgents. Jaafari was less supportive of an amnesty program, suggesting that insurgents should be handled on case-by-case basis, considering the extent and severity of their crimes.
Iraq's first elected government in half a century finally took shape, with a former rebel leader taking oath as its first Kurdish president and a top religious Shiite named as his prime minister.

Jalal Talabani, who becomes the first Kurdish head of state in an Arab country, appointed Ibrahim Jaafari as prime minister, ending weeks of political bickering between parties that frustrated Iraqis and the international community alike.

And the United States expressed hope Iraq's political calendar providing for definitive elections by the end of 2005 will be respected despite delays in forming the interim government, as an army general said shorter tours for military were being considered.

Talabani, 71, vowed to bring reconciliation to a country torn by decades of ethnic tension and totalitarian rule as he took the oath of office at a historic session of parliament.

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As we view the emergence of a democratic government in Iraq, we should remember that our own government and Constitution did not spring forth without considerable debate and dissent, which later lead to what we now call The Bill of Rights. And our nation emerged from a far less diverse and factionalized populace.

Even so, we endured the secession of the Southern states, their formation of a new Confederation, and the subsequent War of Northern Aggression and yet, we have managed to emerge as the greatest nation in the history of the planet.

We should be patient with the Iraqi people and willing to continue aid to the nation as it struggles toward true independence and autonomy. These efforts could very well be the seeds of freedom and peace that is so needed in this region.

As Walid Jumblat wrote:

"I was cynical about Iraq, but when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, eight million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world.... The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it."

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 01:58 AM
Fantastic for the Iraqi people

Maybe within a few years things can change a bit for the better over there. I cetainly hope so.

posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 09:05 AM
Excellent article and comments. There's still a long road ahead, but it would really be something if it triggers change in the entire region.

posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 10:46 AM
Agreed, excellent article and comments.

Now that they have an elected president maybe the whole nation will stand up against the insurgents and drive them out of the country or better yet turn them in so they can be put on trial for the crimes they have committed.

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