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daily link  Friday, November 19, 2004


What if the Sunnis boycott the Iraq elections?: After Fallujah, many parties have endorsed a boycott.  But delay in the elections is resisted by Shiites and the US.  Juan Cole has a suggestion.  "If elections are held in January, I see only one way to avoid disaster. This would be some sort of emergency decree by the current government that sets aside, say, 20% of seats in parliament for the Sunni Arabs. This procedure would seat Sunni Arab candidates in order of the popularity of their lists and in order of their rank within the lists on which they run. But the results would essentially be "graded on a curve." In a way, this procedure is already being followed for women, who are guaranteed 30% of seats. This solution is Lebanon-like and is not optimal, but it might be the best course if long-term sectarian and ethnic conflict is to be avoided. Remember, the first thing the new parliament will do is craft a permanent constitution. You want Sunni Arabs sitting at that table, or else."  8:43:14 AM  permalink  

 
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