Saturday, December 31, 2005

Iraqi Sunnis grasp election olive branch

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) By Gideon Long and Ahmed Rasheed- Leaders of Iraq's Sunni and secular communities gave a cautious welcome on Friday to a plan to bring foreign experts to Baghdad to review the results of this month's election, which they say was fraudulent.
{mosgogle left} They said they would cooperate with the experts and still hoped to join Shi'ites and Kurds in a grand coalition government capable of healing Iraq's sectarian wounds and providing its people with the basic services they so badly lack.
The closure of a major oil refinery in the northern town of Baiji due to fears of insurgent attacks heaped further misery on Iraqis, prompting longer-than-usual queues for fuel in the capital and fears that supplies would run out.
"If the refinery stays shut, the queues at fuel stations will get longer and I imagine I can see I'll have to wait more than three hours for petrol," said Sadiq Shamikh, 28, as he lined up to fill the tank of his taxi in Baghdad.
"Wasting time means losing money for me.""
The Kurdistani


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