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SCIRI's Abdul Aziz al-Hakim Likely To Become Next Iraqi Leader

 
1/17/2005: The January 30th Iraqi election is approaching, but many Iraqis in Iraq will not be allowed to vote whereas polling places will exist in the US for those who left Iraq years ago and have no intention of going back. Even those who get to vote will not be given a choice of candidates, instead they will be choosing numbers from a list with no name listed next to them. Each number will correspond to a slate put together by a political party but in most cases the parties have not released the names of their candidates to prevent assassinations.

1/17/2005: The January 30th Iraqi election is approaching, but many Iraqis in Iraq will not be allowed to vote whereas polling places will exist in the US for those who left Iraq years ago and have no intention of going back. Even those who get to vote will not be given a choice of candidates, instead they will be choosing numbers from a list with no name listed next to them. Each number will correspond to a slate put together by a political party but in most cases the parties have not released the names of their candidates to prevent assassinations.

There are reports that Grand Ayatullah Sistani has endorsed slate #169 which is headed by Abdul Aziz al-Hakim. Al-Hakim is the party head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). Hakim has done well for himself under the US occupation. He was a member of the American-appointed Iraq Interim Governing Council and served as its president in December 2003. He currently lives in the house that used to belong to Tariq Aziz before the US invasion.

While Hakim and SCIRI have emerged as the most likely next rulers of Iraq, the US backed Allawi has been outspending SCIRI and has even even openly bribed members of the press.
Many Suni parties have said they will boycot the election since it was announced but in recent weeks 53 additional political parties and organizations as well as 30 individuals have asked their names to be dropped from the election lists in a bid to show their rejection of elections under US occupation.

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