Thursday, December 09, 2004

Who will own the Election?

Who's plans for the region will win out in the upcomming election Iran's or the U.S.?

Iran Rejects Accusations Over Iraq Vote
Associated Press WriterDecember 9, 2004, 3:47 AM EST

Interim Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer and Jordan's King Abdullah II, both Sunni Muslims, accused Shiite Muslim-dominated Iran in interviews with the Washington Post newspaper in the United States of trying to influence Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.

Some 60 percent of Iraq's 25 million population is Shiite.

The United States also warned Iran against trying to influence the outcome of Iraq's election on Wednesday, reacting to fears that Tehran was seeking a Shiite-dominated Islamic government in Baghdad. Such an outcome would alter a regional status quo in which Shiites, though they comprise majorities in Iran, Iraq and Bahrain, rule only in non-Arab Iran. Iraq and Bahrain have long had Sunni rulers, including ousted Saddam Hussein.

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