Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Maliki calls for recount of all ballots as Allawi pulls ahead in the count

With Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's early lead in election returns came accusations of voter fraud from his main challenger, the former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. But Allawi has now pulled ahead in the count, and in the turnabout, Maliki's spokesman, Ali al-Adeeb, took his turn at criticizing the election process, saying Wednesday that election officials had manipulated tallies in some of the country's 50,000 polling stations before ballots were sent to Baghdad, according to an article posted at Aljazeera.net today.

80 percent of the ballots have been counted, according to results released Tuesday, which showed the Iraqiya political bloc, led by Allawi, had a slim lead in the votes cast nationwide.

Maliki had made an ominous pronouncement, quoted by the BBC in a March 15th article but since excised -- "I urge all politicians to accept the results; he who wins today may lose tomorrow and he who loses today may win tomorrow." The quote can still be found at AlertNet.org, a web site of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and at Reuters.com Factbox site. It also appears in an article at WorldBulletin.net.

Jeremiah prophesied that the cities of Babylon would be set on fire, so that the nations would become exhausted because of the fire, and the occupiers then declare:

" 'We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave her and each go to his own land, for her judgment reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the clouds,' " Jer 51:9 (New International Version - NIV).

I like that version of that verse. I think that is the version Obama will quote as he gives what will become the infamous Speech of Abandonment. After the fires. Judgments 4 and 5.

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