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January 30, 2005

Life-or-death choice on 1st Election Day

Topics: Iraq Elections

The Boston Herald isn't afraid to print how the majority of Iraqis really feel about the elections - excited and proud.

Iraqis are casting their first free ballots today in an election that could become a violent precursor to civil war or might - despite the worst insurgents can do - make Iraq the beacon of freedom President Bush [related, bio] has vowed it will be.

People are excited about it.. . . This is a first step for the Iraqi people toward democracy,'' said Zainab al-Suwaij of the Boston-based American Islamic Congress, who recently returned from Baghdad. She said the election could undercut the insurgency by giving Iraqis a say in their future.

This isn't just an election for a government,'' said Jonathan Morrow of the U.S. Institute of Peace, an adviser to Iraqi candidates. It's an election for a body that will draft a constitution. That's a lot more important.''

Because Iraqi Sunnis - the once-dominant minority now heavily involved in the insurgency - are not expected to vote in large numbers, Morrow said he is encouraged by promises from majority Shia leaders that they will bring Sunnis into the new government and constitution-drafting process.

Posted by Hyscience at January 30, 2005 12:54 AM



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