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Sept. 19, 2004, 10:50AM
Iraq pledges to stick to election timetable
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi insisted elections will go ahead as scheduled in January despite a surge in violence, promising today that the vote would be a "major blow" to the insurgency, as U.S. warplanes and artillery pounded the guerrilla stronghold of Fallujah.
A wave of bombings, kidnappings and street fighting has claimed some 300 lives in the past week, part of a 17-month anti-U.S. insurgency that has persisted since Allawi's interim government took power in June. The strikes in Fallujah killed four people.
Meanwhile, in the northern city of Samarra, A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb today near a joint U.S.-Iraqi checkpoint, killing three people and wounding seven, including four U.S. soldiers, the military said.
Originally posted by sensfan
Will news that Bush's appointed puppet government's chance of losing the January election be enough for the election to be delayed? Everyone except the administration has come out saying it is too dangerous in Iraq right now to hold elections...will this give Bush a reason to push them back and finally say that yes, they need more time?
Originally posted by xpert11
The Iraqi people are ajusting to democracy they now have the right to complain if they dont have running water without facing a firing squad.
Originally posted by mattpryorinstitute.... (snip)
So essentially these are figures that the Washington Post are claiming to be accurate but which have not been confirmed or endorsed by the people that supposedly carried out the actual survey.
Now, thinking about Prime Minister Allawi, to what degree do you think he has been effective since taking office?
Very Effective: July 30.61% September 13.60%
Somewhat Effective: July 35.61% September 32.00%
Somewhat Ineffective: July 9.41% September 14.90%
Very Ineffective: July 8.94% September 28.30%
Thinking about a permanent constitution for Iraq, to what extent would you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?
The new Iraqi constitution should . . .
Take Islam and the Shari’a as the sole basis for all laws and legislation
Strongly Agree: 69.5%
Somewhat Disagree: 4.3%
Strongly Disagree: 4.0%
Originally posted by xpert11 However if the admiration really dosnt like the party in power they could withold aid money for key public works such as sewage thus causing the Iraqi public to lose faith in the elected government. Who ever is elected will still be faced with the same problem it is the USA who controlls most of the funds that will rebuilt Iraq.
May we see Iraq turn into the Japan of the Middle East.
The Washington Post, reporting figures not publicly released by the institute, said the survey also found that the most popular politician in Iraq was Abdel Aziz Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
Fifty-one percent said they want him in the national assembly, which will pick a new government.
Allawi was second, with 47 percent of Iraqis supporting him for a seat in the new parliament if elections were held now, and rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr was a close third, with 46 percent, the newspaper said. An institute spokesman would not confirm the Post figures.
Moreover, those that said their vote could be influenced by the opinion of religious leaders overwhelmingly indicated that more moderate leaders would be most likely to influence them. When asked, for example, which Cleric might sway their vote, over 53 percent cited Ali Al-Sistani, who has clearly expressed his support for democratic reform in Iraq. The militant Muqtada al-Sadr, by way of contrast, was mentioned by only 5 percent of respondents.