02-23-2005, 06:40 PM #1
Allawi forms new bloc to vie for Iraqi prime ministry
This whole thing is looking like a set up. Ibrahim al-Jaafari is going to be the leader of the New Iraq under his Dawaa party, but now they are trying to block him.
CIA has it in their books that his party the Islamic Dawaa party when merged with other radical Shia groups formed Hizbollah.
Allawi, a secular Shiite, skirted criticism of Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who was nominated Tuesday by the United Iraqi ******** as its candidate for prime minister. The decision made al-Jaafari the overwhelming favorite for the post.
When asked if he feared that al-Jaafari's ******** could impose Islamic rule, Allawi responded that he opposed the creation of any form of Islamic government.
''We are liberal powers and we believe in a liberal Iraq and not an Iraq governed by political Islamists. But as a person, he is an honorable man, fighter and a good brother,'' Allawi said.
For al-Jaafari, 58, to succeed, he'll have to meet conflicting demands from Kurds, Sunni Arabs and even Islamic hard-liners within his ********
Iraq's secular Kurds and many Sunnis worry that al-Jaafari will try to impose his Dawa Party's brand of conservative Islam on the country, particularly because the assembly will be charged with writing a new constitution.
Al-Jaafari told the AP last week that Islam should be the official religion of Iraq ''and one of the main sources for legislation, along with other sources that do not harm Muslim sensibilities.''
He skirted his party's official position, which explicitly urges the ''Islamization'' of Iraqi society and the state, including the implementation of Shariah, or Islamic law.
''Theory is different from practice,'' al-Jaafari said.
Just because al-Jaafari is a conservative Muslim they are trying to block him, even though he won fair and square?
And his party will write Iraq's consitution?
Is this is block because the coalition cannot put a puppet like Karzai in Iraq?
02-24-2005, 12:02 AM #2Retired Vet
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02-24-2005, 01:48 AM #3
causasian the elections was clean and usa ,france,germany and all the other coutries said so ,and under those clean elections the "united iraqui ********" won 140 seats and nominated al-jaafari to be the prime minister,but u will see the the usa will do anything to bring him out even if they have to assasinate him they will do it,its not logic that the usa will let jaafari run for prime minister ,dont try beleive that the usa want democracy in iraq,the democracy to them is a pupet prime minister like allawi,but jaafary who have good ties with iran and this is a no no to usa because he is a threat on their middleast agenda.
02-24-2005, 04:56 PM #4Originally Posted by MilitiaGuy
02-26-2005, 08:22 PM #5
02-27-2005, 08:50 AM #6
Iraqi students protest day off on Jewish Sabbath
By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqis are complaining about their first-ever weekend break, and some high-school students even went to class Saturday to protest a decision introducing a second weekly day off that coincides with the Jewish Sabbath.
It's not that the Iraqis do not want time off - they just want the extra day moved to Thursday.
"We don't want Saturday! It's a Jewish holiday!" students chanted as they marched in protest last week to the governor's office in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
A high-school student pulled out a hand grenade and started waving it, and police fired into the air to disperse the crowd. At least three students reportedly were injured in the ensuing scuffle.
At Baghdad's University of Mustansariyah, a statement issued by a student union believed to be allied with the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr described Saturday as "the Zionist holiday" and said the government order should not be followed.
"We declare a general strike in the University of Mustansariyah to reject this decision and any decision aimed at depriving Iraqis of their identity," the statement said.
In predominantly Sunni Muslim Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, the al-Mutawakal high school opened its doors after insurgents threatened to kill its teachers if they took the day off.
There is no clear-cut rule for weekends in the Middle East and other Muslim countries in the region.
In Lebanon, the weekend starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday and includes Sunday.
In Jordan, the weekend is Friday and Saturday. Bahrain, Egypt and Kuwait have Thursday and Friday off, while conservative Iran and Saudi Arabia only give Friday off.
In many Baghdad districts, including Shiite-dominated Sadr City, students and civil servants ignored the decree and went to school and work. At Sadr City's al-Fazilah secondary girls school, all 400 girls showed up for class.
"Sadr City is a Shiite Islamic city and we reject Saturday being our holiday because it is related to the Jewish weekend," said student union leader Safaa Dawoud Mahmoud, 18.
The student body delivered a letter to the school's administrators demanding that Thursday and Friday be the official weekend "because both days were blessed in Islam and by Sharia," or Islamic law.
The students, dressed in long skirts with their hair covered by dense black veils, vowed to stage sit-ins until the government reverses its decision and makes Thursday the first day of a two-day weekend.
"We will keep going to school with determination and persistence" on Saturday, sixth-grader Nassen Dawoud said.
"We can't be like Jews. Saturday is a Jewish holiday and I hope the government listens to us," sixth-grader Nada Alwan, said.
The influential Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars, believed to be close to the insurgency, said that by making Saturday a weekend "the invaders, the occupiers are trying to impose their principles" on Iraq.
"This decision is dangerous," it said.
In Samarra, one teacher said on condition of anonymity that he had received death threats from militants warning him not to take Saturdays off.
In Ramadi, the heart of the insurgency in the so-called Sunni Triangle, the head of Anbar University decided to change the weekend on its own.
"The official weekend is Thursday and Friday," the university announced.
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