Thursday, July 07, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | Sunnis to begin participation in government of Iraq?

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Iraq Police Search for Kidnapped Diplomat: "By SINAN SALAHEDDIN

Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A Sunni Arab group called on Sunnis to take part in future elections on Monday and a leading Sunni hardline cleric condemned kidnappings, as police searched for a top Egyptian diplomat seized over the weekend.

Sunnis boycotted the Jan. 30 vote, which went overwhelmingly to Shiites - an outcome that boosted the Sunni-led insurgency by convincing many Sunnis they would be marginalized in the new Iraq.

Political efforts to encourage Sunni extremists to join in the building of a new Iraq received a boost Monday when Dr. Adnan Al-Dulami, spokesman of the General Conference for Sunnis in Iraq, called on Sunnis ``to organize themselves to take part in the coming elections and to start to register their names at the offices of the electoral commission.''

He said Sunni clerics would soon issue a religious decree repeating the call. Clerics were at the forefront of boycott calls before the January election."

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