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Iraqis Split in Survey Over Government and Role Islam Would Play in It

Iraqis are divided over what political framework they want for their government and what role Islam will play in it, according to a new survey by the State Department’s Office of Research. “The public divides among those who support a democracy based on human rights, those who support an Islamic state based on Islamic Sharia law, and those who support a mix,” the authors of the survey wrote in a report dated Sept. 21 and released yesterday on the Baghdad-based Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Web site. “The main difference between those who support a democracy and those who support an Islamic state is their views on the appropriate role of religion in politics,” the authors said, adding that “support for religious figures in government does not necessarily preclude support for leadership accountability . . . through such mechanisms as elections and free speech.” Full Story

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