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As Christmas celebration was in progress, during the weekend, tensions were still rising in Iraq regarding the dispute over the election results. As pro-Iran groups are celebrating a victory, others are taking to the streets calling the elections a fraud. We have witnessed many demonstrations during the passed couple of days.
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Demonstrators in Falluja reject election results
Stopfundamentalism.com, 26 December 2005
The Iraqi TV channel Alshargheh reported today that on the initiative of city council and religious leaders, people in Falluja took to the street to denounce the election fraud in favor of groups backed by Iran. Demonstrators condemned Iran’s meddling in Iraq, increase of fuel prices and demanded freedom of all prisoners.
At the end of this rally a statement was read which in part asked the Iraqi government to dismiss the current election commission due to the wide spread election fraud.
Tehran, Iran, Dec. 23 â€“ The editorial of Iranâ€™s leading hard-line daily hailed the outcome of Iraqâ€™s parliamentary elections as â€œthe creation of the first Islamist state in the Arab worldâ€, and warned against â€œAmerican plotsâ€ to prevent the formation of the new Iraqi government by Iranian-backed Shiite groups.
â€œOf the 275 seats in Iraqâ€™s new parliament, 140 will belong to pious Islamists, 60 will be occupied by Kurds with excellent ties with Iran, and 40 will belong to Sunni Arabs, most of whom want a sovereign, Islamist stateâ€, the daily Kayhanâ€™s Saturday editorial noted. â€œThe new government â€“ including the President, the Prime Minister, the cabinet, the armed forces and the judiciary â€“ will emerge from this new assemblyâ€.
26 December 2005, Stuff.co.nz
DUBAI: Bahraini police clashed with demonstrators holding a sit-in at the Gulf Arab state’s airport to protest against the arrest of a Shi’ite cleric as he returned from Iran, Al Jazeera television reported.
Police dispersed the protesters demanding the release of Sheikh Mohammed Sanad, who an Interior Ministry official said was detained hours earlier on security charges as he flew back home after a visit to Iran, the television reported.
THE WASHINGTON TIMES, December 27, 2005
By Paul Martin
LONDON — Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr, whose ministry is accused of operating clandestine prisons where some detainees were tortured, will vacate his job shortly, security and political sources in Baghdad said yesterday.
Mr. Jabr has been under pressure to step down since a Nov. 15 raid by U.S. forces of a secret prison in the Baghdad neighborhood of Jadriyah, where 166 prisoners were discovered, most of them Sunni Muslims and some showing signs of torture.