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Iraqi Political Parties Threaten a Boycott

A coalition of more than 60 political parties threatened Thursday to boycott Iraq’s next parliament and warned of a surge in violence if new nationwide elections were not held. The group, led by top Sunni Arab parties and the secular coalition led by former interim prime minister Ayad Allawi, issued a statement denouncing last Thursday’s elections as fraudulent and listing demands they said must be met before they would participate in the new legislature. Otherwise, “we will not have any other choice but to boycott the political process and the coming parliament,” said the statement, read aloud during a news conference attended by representatives from most of the parties involved. “This would lead to more struggle and bloody violence and threat to the Iraqi entity and its people.”Full Story

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