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Al-Sistani urges religious vote

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http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8D6F54BC-58EA-4940-BDC0-053691F9BF24.htm

Iraq's most influential Shia figure, Grand Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani, has told believers to vote in elections on 15 December, urging them to support religious candidates.



The instructions from al-Sistani, a reclusive spiritual figure with a strong influence among the Shia, fall short of a religious edict, but still carry tremendous weight.

It could dent the hopes of Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister whose secular Shia non-sectarian party is mounting a challenge to the ruling coalition.
Oh great :(
 
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Why are you suprised? Of course they are going to vote as they are told, that's what they have always done. We are trying to give them democracy when they don't even know what it is!
 
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PartTimePongo said:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/8D6F54BC-58EA-4940-BDC0-053691F9BF24.htm

Iraq's most influential Shia figure, Grand Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani, has told believers to vote in elections on 15 December, urging them to support religious candidates.



The instructions from al-Sistani, a reclusive spiritual figure with a strong influence among the Shia, fall short of a religious edict, but still carry tremendous weight.

It could dent the hopes of Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister whose secular Shia non-sectarian party is mounting a challenge to the ruling coalition.
Oh great :(
The American stooge's memoirs as serialised in Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat have been a real joy to read especially the parts were he claimed that he never listened to or took orders from the Americans. Though Allawi may be the nearest thing to a proto-secualrist standing he isn't Iraqs great hope. His new best mates are your other favourite people the: Al Saud family.
Anyway it could have been worse, al Sistani could have issued a fatwa (religious opinion) declaring that all foreign troops had to leave after the election (as some other Arab news sources were speculating).
 

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