Wednesday, December 28, 2005

U.N.: No Justification for Iraq Re-Vote

'BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A United Nations official said Wednesday that Iraq's recent elections were credible and there was no justification for a rerun of the vote that gave a strong lead to the Shiite religious bloc dominating the current government.

In violence Wednesday, an inmate in a Baghdad prison grabbed an assault rifle from a guard and opened fire, killing eight people, police said. One American soldier was injured in the attempted prison break, the U.S. military said.

The Shiite bloc held talks with Kurdish leaders and said preparations were being made to choose a candidate for prime minister - who they have said must come from their governing United Iraqi Alliance.

"We set up the mechanism to elect the new prime minister but have not started it yet. Any member of the Alliance has the right to be nominated for that post," Alliance leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim told the Kurdish parliament."
The UN would not come down on the side of the people over the political elite if there was video tape of ballot stuffing Iranians shooting their way into polling stations.
An I wonder how they would know if the elections was fair or not, they had 5 people in country for the election?


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