Sunni group to abstain from Iraq poll

Iraq's main Sunni religious authority has announced it will not participate in this month's general election but stopped short of calling for a boycott.

    Al-Kubaysi said AMS will not participate under occupation

    On Tuesday, Shaikh Abd al-Salam al-Kubaysi, a spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), said: "A lot of people ask about the committee's position on the elections. The committee announces that it will not participate in any political process under the shadow of the occupation."

    "The committee is not dreaming of power and does not want to give the occupiers the right to remain in Iraq."
       
    Al-Kubaysi added that the AMS respects the choice of Iraqis whether to participate in the poll or not.

    The committee had earlier said it would not announce support for any list in order to remain neutral.
      
    The scholars also refused to participate in landmark elections for an interim parliament in January that were boycotted by the Sunni community, but a Sunni Arab coalition has presented a list of candidates for next week's vote.
      
    On 15 December, about 15 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for a 275-member national assembly in the first four-year term elections since Saddam Hussein was toppled from power by the US-led invasion of 2003.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.