January 25, 2005

FIRST WE POUT:

For Sunni leaders, political involvement to come after election (Edward Wong, January 25, 2005, The New York Times)

Sunni Arab leaders who have been the most vocal in calling for a boycott or postponement of the coming elections say they intend to get involved in legitimate politics after the vote, including taking part in writing a permanent constitution.

The stakes are too high, with the constitution to be drafted by August 2005 and full-term elections held by year's end, for Sunni groups to reject the political process, the leaders say, even if they are sticking to their denunciation of Sunday's voting.

This talk by prominent Sunnis is the most positive sign yet that there is a chance they will still buy into the political process, potentially bolstering the beleaguered American effort to plant democracy in the Middle East.


They must be learning democracy from the Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 6:04 AM
Comments

If they don't participate in the elections, why should they be allowed to participate in the constitutional process? They've opted out and deserve to get a healthy stomping.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 6:37 AM
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