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Main Sunni Party Drops Out Iraq Elections

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

In this Sept. 5, 2006 file photo, Saleh al-Mutlaq, a Sunni politician who has been barred from running in the election because of alleged ties to the Baath party, is seen at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq.

Sunni party drops out of Iraq’s national elections

By Lara Jakes And Hamid Ahmed, Associated Press Writers

February 20, 2010

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s main Sunni party said Saturday it is dropping out of next month’s national elections, seizing on U.S. concerns about Iran’s influence in the political process as proof that the vote will not be legitimate.

A statement from the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue stopped short of urging Sunni voters to boycott the March 7 parliamentary election. But the party called on other political groups to join it in withdrawing from the ballot.

Saturday’s announcement raises the likelihood that the results of the vote will be called into question. U.S. and United Nations diplomats have expressed fears that a Sunni boycott that hands victory to Shiites would throw the results of the election into doubt. In turn, that could open the door to a new round of violence and delay plans for American troops to leave Iraq.

"The Iraqi Front for National Dialogue cannot continue in a political process run by a foreign agenda," party spokesman Haidar al-Mullah said in a statement, referring to Iran’s alleged interference.

He said the party decided to pull out of the vote after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill and Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the top American military commander in Iraq, each described the Shiite leaders of a candidate-vetting panel as having ties to Iran.

The vetting panel is led by Shiite politicians Ali al-Lami and Ahmed Chalabi. It banned more than 440 candidates whom it described as loyalists to Saddam Hussein’s outlawed Baath party.

Most of the blacklisted candidates are Sunni, although some are Shiite. Among those barred from running is Sunni lawmaker Saleh al-Mutlaq, the head of the National Dialogue party. Al-Mutlaq has said he quit the Baath party in the 1970s.

In a speech last week to the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, Odierno said the U.S. has direct intelligence that al-Lami and Chalabi "are clearly influenced by Iran." Odierno also accused al-Lami of having been "involved in various nefarious activities in Iraq for some time."

A day later, Hill told reporters in Washington that "absolutely, these gentlemen are certainly under the influence of Iran."

Hill added: "We remain concerned about Iran’s behavior toward its neighbors. Iran should have a good relationship with its neighbor, but it needs to do a much better job of respecting its neighbor’s sovereignty." …

Shortly after al-Mullah issued his statement Saturday morning, another party, the National Council for Tribes of Iraq, said it also would drop out. The party includes both Sunnis and Shiites…

Here we go again.

By the way, note once again how all roads lead to Iran.

Thank goodness Mr. Obama’s initiatives toward the Mullahs there have been so successful.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Main Sunni Party Drops Out Iraq Elections”

  1. proreason says:

    Not to worry.

    I have it on good authority that Iraq is the little boy king’s greatest accomplisment.

    We should just go ahead and pull out all the troops right now.

    But you know, I wonder if the politicians in power in Iraq are as confident in Obamy’s and Biden’s glorious triumph as are those two fierce warriors.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    End of the Aion

    Let’s not forget that when the final seven years really gets going to H/E/double hockey sticks …

    … release of the 4 bound fallen angels of Euphrates Revelation 3:14

    Iraq. What a great place.

  3. crosspatch says:

    According to sources in Iraq, he hasn’t dropped out and he isn’t boycotting anything. His posters are still up and he is still paying people to guard them.


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