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Sunni Arab govt's wary Iraq elections will bolster Iranian influence

Sunni Arab neighbours fear that elections in Iraq will likely empower the Shiite majority there and bolster the influence of Shiite Iran in the region, officials said privately and publicly at an international conference on the country’s future.Iraq’s electoral commission announced on the eve of the two-day forum that closed in this Egyptian Red Sea resort Tuesday that the polls would take place on January 30, setting in motion a series of conflicting reactions. “Publicly the Arab countries are calling for comprehensive elections, but what they really mean is that they wish to see a strong Sunni participation and victory at the polls,” a high-ranking Arab official said on condition of anonymity.Full Story

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