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Iraq: Sunni tribal leader says he can prove fraud
AP/AOL ^ | Feb 05th, '09 | KIM GAMEL

Posted on 02/05/2009 2:28:27 AM PST by blueplum

BAGHDAD -A senior Sunni tribal leader claimed Wednesday to have hundreds of documents proving fraud in weekend elections in Anbar province, escalating a crisis that has threatened to reignite violence in the former insurgent stronghold. Iraq's electoral commission, which is overseeing the process, promised it was taking the complaints seriously and warned the findings from an investigation could affect election results for the province. Signaling the high stakes involved, a prominent national Sunni lawmaker traveled to Anbar province to try to mediate the dispute, which has pitted the tribal leaders against a rival Sunni party that is part of the national government....Unofficial early results also showed that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's allies — the Coalition of the State of Law — finished first in 10 of the 14 provinces where elections were held Saturday, Iraqi lawmaker Abbas al-Bayati said. But al-Bayati told Associated Press Television News that the prime minister's coalition would reach out to other parties to form alliances on the ruling provincial councils. If the projections prove correct, the biggest loser would appear to be the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council — the biggest Shiite party, which has close ties to Iran and has wielded power throughout the south for years.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coalition; iraq

1 posted on 02/05/2009 2:28:28 AM PST by blueplum
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To: blueplum

What is the Iraqi version of ACORN?


2 posted on 02/05/2009 3:35:25 AM PST by Londo Molari
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To: Londo Molari

at least they’re just arguing instead of fighting - hope it stays that way.


3 posted on 02/05/2009 3:48:38 AM PST by blueplum
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To: blueplum

til somebody loses their head!


4 posted on 02/05/2009 3:57:20 AM PST by FES0844
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To: blueplum
...escalating a crisis that has threatened to reignite violence in the former insurgent stronghold...

This is Associated Press. The sentence should be

...escalating a crisis that we hope will reignite violence in the former insurgent stronghold...

5 posted on 02/05/2009 3:59:36 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Bingo. The trouble for the presstitutes is that the large majority of Iraqis kind of like the way things are going and ‘widespread sectarian violence/civil war’ is no longer in the cards. Sorry al-Democrats, al-AP, al-Reuters, al-MSM....


6 posted on 02/05/2009 8:25:44 AM PST by eureka! (Dear Lord: Some epiphanies for some of the 'rats now in charge, particularly BO? Please...)
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