Annas [Archives:2006/910/Press Review]

January 9 2006

2 Jan. 2006
Main headlines

– Tragic stories in the Thaphir village, search for survivals goes on

– Called for teaching citizens the freedom, Observers: Al-Yadoumi inaugurated the opposition program for peaceful struggle

– Crisis inside the Elections Commission

– GPC distributes its offices among the General Committee amidst a “democratic” dispute

– The GPC musters its media and the JMP alerts its press to fight the battle of initiatives

– Rising rate of crime in Yemen along with rise in rate of controlling it in 2005

– In Taiz, 235 illegal societies cancelled

– Teacher kills his wife in Hafash district, Mahweet governorate

Columnist Dr Hosni Al-Jawshaie devotes his article to talk about the UN role in the Iraqi legislative elections saying since the beginning of Iraqi elections on 15 December 2005 it was clear for observers that the role played by the United Nations was dubious and greatly biased to Iraq's Shiites. Since the very first beginning of elections statements were repeated by officials in the UN that the elections were progressing in a good way. On his part the chairman of the higher election commission Hussein Al-Hindawi announced the results would be broadcast in two weeks. But after three days he began to launch the first test balloons to sense reaction of other parties by announcing preliminary results of voting, showing noticeable progress of the Shiite alliance in Baghdad and Basra, even in the governorates of Sunni majority. This flagrant doctoring that occurred in the elections sponsored by the UN has placed the European Union in a dilemma because it had praised the “decent” elections, as the Europeans described from the beginning and are until now still keeping silent. But because of the popular pressure and the daily demonstrations staged by various components of the Iraq people has forced the higher commission of elections to annul the elections in Baghdad and five other governorates and reconsideration is underway to cancel the election results in Basra and Babylon. This is evidence that the elections were rigged in all governorates of Sunni population and Shiite governorates as well.

The popular pressure of the Sunnis in Iraq who form more than 60% of the people in Iraq and Shiite leaders of Iraq with strong support by America and Iran try to describe them as minority, forced the elections higher commission to reconsider the rigged results of elections.