Thursday, June 03, 2004

Sistani gives the Okay to the new iraqi gov.

well thank g-d. i thought for a moment he'd oppose anything the post saddam admin was doing for the purposes of destabilizing the country on behalf of his fellow shiites in iran, with the intention of turning the place into a theocracy....especially since so much of his power is derived from his 'special place in the sun' with the mad mullahs.

just saying, is all....

Iraqi Ayatollah Cautiously Acknowledges New Government

Published: June 3, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 3 — Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the country's most powerful Shiite leader, acknowledged the new Iraqi government in a cautious statement today in which he said he hoped it would prove its "competence and decency" but noted that the body had not been formed through legitimate elections.

Ayatollah Sistani also urged the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution that granted Iraqis full sovereignty and did not compromise the government's power in political, military and security matters.

In addition, he insisted that the new government "seek the elimination of traces of occupation completely."

In comments on Wednesday, the United Nations special envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, said he had "kept in touch with" the ayatollah throgh the process of selecting the new Iraqi government but said he did not seek his approval for the new government.

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