Allawi touts his vote list as non-ethnic and non-secular - Yahoo! News
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi deputy Iyad Allawi has set up his own list to fight the December general elections, touting it as non-ethnic and non-secular and so better able to preserve the country's unity.
Appearing at a televised news conference alongside him were communist leader Hamid Mejid Mussa and Adnan Pashashi, a Sunni Arab leader and former foreign minister who have joined the National Iraqi list.
"Growing ethnic polarization risks causing endless conflit in
Iraq which could also split along sectarian lines," Allawi warned on Saturday.
The former prime minister said that only his own alliance would offer a better deal for all.
Three powerful national lists have been established along communal lines by Iraqi Shiites, Kurds and Sunni Arabs to run in the December 15 vote.
"The facts prove that Iraq is in need of a powerful independent government," Allawi also said, while pledging to "preserve the unity of the country" and "to improve basic services".