Monday, January 24, 2005


some sense

With the Shiites on the brink of capturing power here for the first time,
their political leaders say they have decided to put a secular face on the new
Iraqi government they plan to form, relegating Islam to a supporting
role.
The senior leaders of the United Iraqi Alliance, the coalition of
mostly Shiite groups that is poised to capture the most votes in the election
next Sunday, have agreed that the Iraqi whom they nominate to be the country's
next prime minister would be a lay person, not an Islamic cleric.

The Shiite leaders say there is a similar but less formal
agreement that clerics will also be excluded from running the government
ministries. (Grey Lady)

Posted By: Dody G