November 28, 2004 |
Leading Iraqi politicians called Friday for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30 election because of the spiraling violence as U.S. forces uncovered more bodies in the northern city of Mosul, apparent victims of an intimidation campaign by insurgents against Iraq's fledgling security forces.
January 28, 2005
Re "Which Way Out?" editorial, Jan. 27: U.S. officials say American troops will stay until Iraq can protect itself. But since President Bush also has said that the election will create an independent Iraqi democratic government, how will that operate? If the new Iraqi leader says the U.S. troops should leave Iraq, the Bush administration will claim the election was not valid. If the new Iraqi leader says the troops should continue their "occupation duties," then the world will see the new leader as our puppet reporting to the White House.
September 25, 2004 |
Iraqi and United Nations officials have little room for error as they confront the challenge of pulling together credible parliamentary elections in a violence-ravaged nation with no history of democracy. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who has been on a U.S. tour, pledged Friday that elections would be held as scheduled in January. And speaking a day after Defense Secretary Donald H.
December 30, 2005 |
An international team agreed Thursday to review Iraq's parliamentary elections, a decision lauded by Sunni Muslim Arab and secular Shiite groups that have staged repeated protests complaining of fraud and intimidation. The International Mission for Iraqi Elections team made the decision despite a United Nations observer's endorsement of the Dec. 15 vote, which gave the Shiite religious bloc a big lead in preliminary returns.
November 4, 2004 |
Hungary will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq by the end of March, government officials said Wednesday. Hungary is the first of the new European Union states that had joined the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq to announce a formal withdrawal date, although the mandate of the troops, who form a transport battalion, had been due to expire at year's end. The new withdrawal date will require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament.
January 12, 2005 |
With only a little more than two weeks to go before Jan. 30, there are still some people who want to postpone the Iraqi elections. But that would be a terrible mistake. For one thing, the Iraqi people are longing for democracy after decades of dictatorship and oppression, and they are not inclined to wait much longer. This was confirmed by a survey conducted by the International Republican Institute in December, showing that 67.4% of Iraqis support going forward with the elections as scheduled.