The full recount ordered by Iraq’s parliament last week in the May 12 election won’t be happening. A fire Sunday in Baghdad destroyed one of the storage sites for ballots, and reportedly destroyed a number of them.
Salim al-Jabouri, the speaker of Iraq’s parliament, said this fire was a “deliberate” attempt to manipulate the vote, and is calling for the country to have a totally new election. He’s claiming the fire is proof of fraud.
A revote could only be good for Jabouri, who lost he seat in the May 12 vote. Prime Minister Hayder Abadi, whose party did very poorly in that vote, is also playing up the idea that the fire was an attempt to cover up fraud.
Iraqi officials are giving all the signs they think this fire is intentional, but the officials complaining loudest about it seem also to be the beneficiaries of it, allowing them to push for the election they lost to be thrown out, and a
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Nothing suspicious about this at all…
Trying to turn the Iraqis into good little Democrats and good little Republicans hasn’t worked out very well…or maybe it has….
Seems like Jabouri didn’t like the results, so accused al-Sadr block of fraud, then some Medhi army vets said, you want a “recount”? Recount THIS !
Moqtada Al-Sadr and his army were absolute masters of asymmetrical warfare
during the Bush II Iraqi war. If my country wants him to put his fighting cap back on then they should be prepared for the body bags to flow back home.
My corrupt and immoral government will never learn. Another 2 trillion down the drain. Keep on typing those ones and zeros.
And many more zeros at the end.
Infinity until the resources run out.
Why not try a good, fair, faultless system like those in the good old USA???
You mean computer balloting. You must be kidding. Sorry if this is sarc.
I should have known that Al-Sadr was too revolutionary to ever be aloud near a position of power vis-a-vis the ballot box. This could be the one thing the US and Iran can agree on. Moqtada has always reminded me a bit of Ho Chi Min. If Iraq is once again denied it’s independence, the former guerrilla will make that comparison downright startling.
It is clear who reeeealy did not like election outcome. Somebody is banking on another Iraqi sectarian blow up, so poor US just must stay there, forever and a day, or until we run out of money.
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