[Marxism] Sunni cleric, advocate of boycott and Allawi foe, assassinated

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Mon Nov 22 18:50:21 MST 2004


Killing of cleric undercuts Allawi's bid for unity
Assassination comes 
as prime minister reaches out to Sunni leader  
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:09 p.m. ET Nov. 22, 2004

MAHMOUDIYA, Iraq - Gunmen assassinated a member of an influential Sunni
clerics group that has called for a boycott of national elections
Monday, just a day after Iraqi officials announced that the balloting
would be held Jan. 30 in spite of rising violence in Iraq.

The cleric, Sheik Faidh Mohamed Amin al-Faidhi, a member of the
Association of Muslim Scholars, was shot by gunmen at his home in
northern Mosul - a sign of the continuing violence that wracks the
country.

The slaying could further alienate Iraq's Sunni Arab minority ahead of
the election. The association is already calling for a boycott of the
vote, and if many Sunnis heed its call, the legitimacy of the election
could be deeply undermined.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, interim Prime Minister
Ayad Allawi said his government was determined to hold the election as
scheduled. He described those calling for a boycott as "the eventual
losers" and "a small minority."





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