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KCWolfman
02-03-2005, 04:06 PM
No, they don't. They see the government as a viable unit they want to be a part of, even if they did boycott the vote.

Seems like Duhnise and Co. will have to find other things to be pessimistic about.

Despite Objections, Sunnis Want a Role in New Government (http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/world/10799929.htm)
Allawi, party leaders discuss parliament's political balance

The Washington Post


BAGHDAD, Iraq — Sunni clerics who boycotted the election said they would “respect the choice of those who voted” and work with a new government, although they considered the election invalid.

The statement Wednesday, although accompanied by renewed criticisms of the election, signaled that the major Sunni group wants to be included in the formation of a new government. Sunni turnout in Sunday's election was expected to be light, possibly leaving them with relatively few seats in the new parliament.

Ballots still are being counted, but interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi gathered the heads of 16 parties in his office Wednesday to begin work on compromises to guarantee a delicate balance of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds in the next government. The major political groups have said they would put aside their competition and work to achieve a balance for the sake of national stability.

“All parts and all sectors of Iraqi society should be involved,” said a statement from Allawi's office after the meeting. “All agreed that every effort would be made to broaden the national dialogue and build national unity.”

Allawi himself may no longer be the prime minister. As expected, the head of the major Shiite-backed list, Abdul Aziz Hakim, told the Associated Press that the next prime minister should come from the parties on his list. The Shiite grouping of parties is widely expected to have the largest bloc in the next parliament.

Allawi is a Shiite but ran with a secular list that is likely to be the second- or third-largest party in the next parliament.

Shiites, long oppressed under former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, constitute an estimated 60 percent of the population. The minority Sunni Muslims, an estimated 20 percent of the population, held much of the power under Hussein, and their clerical leaders urged them to boycott the election.

The parliament that is to be formed has been designated as transitional, charged with writing a constitution and holding another election in December.

The Sunni clerics said the expected low Sunni turnout confirmed their position that the vote, taken while American and other foreign troops were in Iraq, was illegitimate.

Allawi declared Wednesday that the success of the national elections had dealt a major blow to the insurgents — who have not carried out a major attack since the balloting — and he predicted they would be defeated within months.

Donger
02-03-2005, 04:12 PM
Heh.

Did you miss Denise's "Yeah, the elections were great and we're all thrilled, but..." thread?

KCWolfman
02-03-2005, 04:13 PM
Heh.

Did you miss Denise's "Yeah, the elections were great and we're all thrilled, but..." thread?
No, but then Duhnise doesn't live in Iraq, and she wasn't polled. I believe the Sunnis carry more weight on the topic than she and her shill bloggers do.

Cochise
02-03-2005, 04:14 PM
Here's where Duhnise comes in, quotes the article and bolds one sentence that can be taken to weaken the premise (however slightly), and then acts as if she was right all along.

KCWolfman
02-03-2005, 04:16 PM
Here's where Duhnise comes in, quotes the article and bolds one sentence that can be taken to weaken the premise (however slightly), and then acts as if she was right all along.
Of course, there is not much else she can do other than quote a single line out of context or use an opposing article from ihatethemilitary.com