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Iraq / Elections / The Sunnis #811895

CNN Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 2005
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(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) This week's parliamentary elections in Iraq to choose a permanent assembly featured; scenes shown of Iraqis casting ballots; details given about the bewildering choices led by Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi†, former finance minister Adel Abdul Mahdi† & interim deputy prime minister Ahmad Chalabi. [Brookings Inst. Saban Center Kenneth POLLACK†- speculates about Sunni participation.] [At the World Affairs Council, President BUSH - says there will be many challenges.] Findings of a recent "Time" magazine on the people's view {by region & ethnic group} of whether life is better since the war outlined on screen.

(Baghdad: Christiane Amanpour) The importance of this election for the minority Sunnis, who have promised to participate, examined; scenes shown of political posters; details given of Iraqi concerns about security, the growing divide between Sunnis & Shiites & the promise to rebuild Iraq. [In Baghdad, Sunni MAN - says he will vote; states the Shia are killing people; wonders where is the new future.] The Sunni fear of civil war noted.

(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Ramadi: Nic Robertson) The situation in the Sunni area of Ramadi, where insurgents are threatening those who vote, reviewed.

(Baghdad: Anderson Cooper, Christiane Amanpour; Ramadi: Nic Robertson) The Sunni participation in the political process of elections discussed; video shown of what happened to Allawi at a mosque when factionalism threatened him.

Cooper, Anderson;
Amanpour, Christiane;
Robertson, Nic

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