Thursday, August 04, 2005

Winds of Change.NET: Good news from Iraq, 1 August 2005

Winds of Change.NET: Good news from Iraq, 1 August 2005:

"Sunni leaders, meanwhile, are calling for their people not to repeat the mistake of boycotting the election:

Some 300 leaders of Iraq's alienated Sunni Arab former elite called Thursday [14 July] for participation in the next elections, due in December, after a boycott of January polls left the community largely unrepresented in parliament.

'I'm calling on my brothers ... to participate in the political process,' Adnan al-Dulaimi, spokesman for the General Conference of Sunnis, told participants at a Baghdad meeting.

His comments were echoed by Sheikh Ibrahim al-Nima, a leading Sunni cleric from the main northern city of Mosul.

'We can blame ourselves from staying away at the last elections. It was a big mistake,' he said.

'Participating (in the next elections) means we shall exist. If we don't participate there will be no existence for us.'

A leader of the hardline Salafist movement, Sheikh Zakaria Mohi Issa al-Timimi, also endorsed taking part.
'We will be very active in our participation in the elections in order to mitigate the damage inflicted on Sunnis today,' he said."

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