21 January 2018
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Elections in Iraq


14/02/2005
Sharia will not be basic law, says Bishop Sako
The Bishop of Kirkuk tells AsiaNews that Sunnis will join the government because Shiites and Kurds cannot govern alone.

14/02/2005
Government should protect minorities rights, says Mosul priest
Results for Christian tickets are below expectations. Hopes are now pinned on a Constitution that guarantees religious freedom.

13/02/2005
Final results released
About 8.55 million voters cast their ballot. The al-Sistani-backed coalition won 47.6 per cent of the vote, Kurds, 25.4 per cent, Iyad Allawi's list, 13.6 per cent. Turn out was 59 per cent. Sunnis' absence is worrisome.

10/02/2005
Saudi elections: an outbreak of democracy in the Islamic world?
Interview with Francesco Zannini, professor of Contemporary Islam at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI). The Middle East has not yet reconciled the democratic worldview centred on the individual and that of Islam which is inspired by tradition. There is however hope in Iraq and elsewhere for change.

02/02/2005
Elections a great success for Iraqis, says Jordan's King Abdullah
Final results in Sunday's elections will be released by February 15. Turnout abroad stands at 93.6 per cent of registered voters.

01/02/2005
We are no longer afraid after the elections, says Mosul priest
Attitudes have changed in the population. In neighbouring villages, where people could not vote, residents still want to cast their ballot.

31/01/2005
By voting the people of Iraq made itself heard, says the Patriarch of Baghdad
Mgr Delly calls the terrorists' strategy against the elections 'ferocious'.

31/01/2005
About 65 per cent of Iraqi expats voted
"This is honestly the first time I have seen these levels of emotion and excitement among voters," says elections official.

31/01/2005
Electoral surprises: higher turnout and people voting in Fallujah
Higher than expected turnout in Sunni areas like Fallujah and Mosul. In their first statements Shiite leaders pledge to include Sunnis in the government.

30/01/2005
Msgr Warduni: a vote against terrorism
Baghdad's auxiliary bishop went to vote along with non-Christian clerics.  Voter turnout greater than expected.

30/01/2005
Bishop of Basra: "Today we can start hoping again"
In this southern Iraqi city, 70% of the population has already voted in a climate of joy and optimism.

30/01/2005
"Finally free!": the cheer rising from Iraqi Kurdistan
Chaldean bishop enthusiastic about turnout.  However, ballots and ballot boxes did not arrive in Mosul.  Polls will open tomorrow.

29/01/2005
Iraqi expats continue voting
Expats urge fellow Iraqis back home to vote and give the country dignity and freedom.

28/01/2005
Baathists go home from Italy to vote
Here is the number of voters per country.

27/01/2005
More than 16,000 Iraqis go to the polls in Jordan
Amman is facilitating Iraqis' entry into the kingdom. Threats have been made against officials of organisations involved in the elections.

26/01/2005
Bishop of Kirkuk: voting is a national and religious duty
Msgr Sako: "During our masses, we ask people to go and vote. The elections are something great and new". Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya are misinforming and thus fuelling fanaticism.

25/01/2005
Voting for the new Iraq in Amman
The United Nations is worried about security. Iraqis refuse to be photographed or interviewed whilst registering to vote.

25/01/2005
Arab press finds silver lining in Iraq poll
Al-Zarqawi might threaten voters but Arab media are talking about the vote as a necessary basis for democracy.



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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