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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:39 PM
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Opposition to Iraqi constitution weakening
BAGHDAD, Iraq - (KRT) - The two strongest opponents of Iraq's proposed new constitution said this week that they wouldn't campaign against it aggressively, making it likely that voters will approve the constitution in an Oct. 15 referendum.

Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's representatives said that while he's not thrilled about the constitution, he likely wouldn't encourage his followers to oppose it.

The largest Sunni political group, the Iraqi Islamic Party, said that although it has encouraged its supporters to vote down the document, its efforts are focused on the December election for a new National Assembly.

Hazim Abdel Hamid al-Nuaimi, a professor of politics at al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, said the Islamic Party is focusing on the December elections because it wants to influence how the constitution is implemented.

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/world/1276520...
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 05:44 PM
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1. That and bludgeoning Tel Afar hurts opposition
Where are your voting booths going to be, camel tents?
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Teaser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:02 PM
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2. The reporter doesn't really understand the Sunni position
or he would have hardly said their opposition is "weakening."

Reading further, we have

Members of the Islamic Party and the Muslim Scholars Association, a prominent Sunni group, had said privately that they hoped to build an alliance with al-Sadr to stop the referendum from passing.

Although the Islamic Party isn't rallying its base against the constitution, it is encouraging Sunnis to vote "no" in sermons in mosques and mass advertising.

Al-Hamoodi, of the constitutional committee, said that al-Sadr's tepid endorsement still could sway some to vote against it, but not enough to reject it. And he said that al-Sadr is withholding his opinion because it does not benefit him politically.


So in other words the Sunnis are using their most effective spokespeople, Sunni imams, to organize their opposition to the constitution. Not exactly a weakening of their opposition.

I am consistently amazed at how people continue to grab at straws on Iraq, trying to find hope somewhere.

There isn't a drop of hope left in the country. Not one drop.
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StopThief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:11 PM
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3. Hopefully it will pass. . .
and Iraqis can start to fight their battles in the political arena where disputes SHOULD be solved.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:30 PM
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4. Sadr urges Iraqis for self-restraint
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