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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:43 PM
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Iraq vote could be delayed
Deputy PM voices doubts over January date as violence continues

Iraq's deputy prime minister has indicated for the first time that the much-heralded elections due in January could be derailed by the country's violent insurgency.

Barham Salih said the authorities were determined to hold the vote, but admitted they would have to assess the security situation nearer the time.

"Holding free and fair elections on time is an obligation that we have undertaken towards the Iraqi people," he said. But he added: "Nearer the time, the Iraqi government, the United Nations, the independent election commission and the national assembly will have to engage in a real and hard-headed dialogue to assess the situation."

It is the first time a senior figure in the interim government has acknowledged that the dire security situation in large parts of the country could affect the political process.

more
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1351481,00....
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ogradda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:46 PM
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1. do you fucking think?!
damn, think you might have some serious ISSUES to deal with first??
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:46 PM
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2. Well...
No one saw that coming, did they?
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:48 PM
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4. I'm sure it's BIG SURPRISE
for some, just not a soul on DU.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:48 PM
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3. Really!?!?!?
I'm so ... shocked.

:eyes:

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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:49 PM
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5. It's taking longer than we thought it would
to purge Iraq of all the non-Allawi supporters.

WAY longer... :eyes:
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Mokito Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:51 PM
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6. But, but...why?
:eyes:
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n2mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:01 PM
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7. But, but
the shrub and rummy said there would be elections, no matter..............
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signmike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:05 PM
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8. They won't be missing much
just ask us. What's the holdup, anyway? They having to ship all our used Diebold machines over?
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carolinalady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:06 PM
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9. well now that surely is a surprise..Not!
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:10 PM
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I'm absolutely aghast!
'Ya mean to tell me that ugly junior monkey man doesn't have things under control yet?
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Mike Nelson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:10 PM
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10. BOMBS AWAY
What a shocking turn of events. I hope the dead people voted early.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:20 PM
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11. well, if there's no one left to vote - better to "put it off" then
n/t
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:23 PM
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12. Surprise! eom
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:28 PM
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13. Intimidation efforts must have enough time...
to properly cow the Iraqi people if any sort of democratic forms are to be observed in this "election".

After all, who would want the Iraqi people to actually decide for themselves how to run their country?
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:41 PM
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14. The security situation means that Diebold election machines must be used
It is the only solution.
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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:57 PM
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15. Ironically, the Dutch and Romanians have just confirmed their
plans to withdraw (by March and June, respectively) with the comments that they expect elections to help things calm down. The Dutch have actually a refused a request by the US to stay longer....(stories in the new World Media Watch, URL below in sig)

Wonder why???????????
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knight_of_the_star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:00 PM
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16. No shit Sherlock!!!
What, like an impending Civil War isn't reason enough to postpone elections?
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:00 PM
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17. Wow, seriously!? Shocking, indeed! eom
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ze_dscherman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 03:56 AM
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18. Kick
Didn't they just successfully accomplished a mission in Fallujah just to assure the elections would happen in January?
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