Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Iraq's Election Uncertainty Continues

Empowered Sadrists Organize New Ballot in Iraq -- New York Times

BAGHDAD — Followers of Moktada al-Sadr, the militant cleric whose militia was a major force in the Shiite insurgency against American forces, announced Wednesday that they were arranging a special vote to pick Iraq’s next prime minister.

Mr. Sadr, who has been living in Iran, released a statement through his political office in Iraq that called for putting the “choice of prime minister into the hands of the Iraqi public through a referendum for all Iraqi people.”

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More News On Iraq's Election

Al-Sadr asks backers for input on future Iraq PM -- AP
Sadrists plan referendum on PM candidate -- Press TV
Iraq PM appeals poll results, Sadr plans referendum -- Reuters
Mounting obstacles block efforts to form new Iraq government -- AFP
Iraqi PM: Not trying to change election outcome -- AP
Iraq's Election: Can This Deadlock Be Broken? -- Time Magazine

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