Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Allawi on the elections
Good news: the current Iraqi government is dismssing Western concerns that less than full participation will undermine the election results.
On his arrival Monday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari shrugged off calls by some Sunni Muslims for Iraqis to boycott the elections, set for Jan. 30.
"They do not represent all Sunnis. If they want to prove their popularity, the only way is through the ballot box," Zebari said.
In Baghdad, Allawi also dismissed boycott advocates as "the eventual losers," and said his government was determined to hold the elections on time.