al-Sistani on brink of winning Iraqi elections

Shocker:U.S.-backed Prime Minister Ayad Allawi was trailing a Shiite ticket with ties to Iran in Iraq (news - web sites)'s historic election, according to partial returns released Friday. One U.S. soldier was killed and seven wounded in the north, and gunmen seized an Italian journalist in Baghdad.

The United Iraqi Alliance, endorsed by Iraq's top Shiite clerics, captured more than two-thirds of the 3.3 million votes counted so far, the election commission said. The ticket headed by Allawi, a secular Shiite, had about 18 percent -- or more than 579,700 votes.

Those latest partial figures from Sunday's contest for 275 National Assembly seats came from 10 of Iraq's 18 provinces, said Hamdiyah al-Husseini, an election commission official. All 10 provinces have heavy Shiite populations, and the Alliance had been expected to do well there. So far, 45 percent of the vote has been counted in Baghdad, with varying percentages tallied in the other nine provinces.

Nevertheless, the huge lead that the Shiites were rolling up among their core constituency in the Shiite heartland of southern Iraq pointed to the likelihood of a tremendous victory, enabling the majority community to claim power long denied it by the Sunni Arab minority.

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Allawi running a poor third overseas...
http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2005/02/04/overseas/index.html

So how exactly are the Bushies gonna prop him up now?

by nanorich 2005-02-04 02:41PM | 0 recs
good sources on Sistani
can anyone recommend some good reading about the guy?  I've heard reports calling him a fundamentalist and an open-minded moderate, so I clearly need to do more reading.

other things I've overheard:
"he's the best hope for democracy" and "Iran has finally won the Iran/Iraq war"

any pointers to some real facts?

by benchcoat 2005-02-04 04:00PM | 0 recs
Ah, sweet democracy!
The wonderful thing about supporting governement by the people in the arab world is that the people can be counted on to support the fundamentalist islamic parties. Which is exactly why Bush doesn't press Pakistan's Musharref to actually return the country's government to civilian leadership. Democracy is only a good thing when it is convenient.

I'm going to relish this biting Bush in the ass.

by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-02-04 11:26PM | 0 recs

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