Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Maliki's supporters demand poll recount as Iraqiya fears assassinations

The AFP reports today that hundreds of supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki held street demonstrations Wednesday demanding a recount of votes from the country's March 7 election.

Maliki had called for a manual recount of the around 12 million ballots cast, which he has said was necessary to maintain stability and ward off violence. His demand was denied by the national election commission.

According to results released by the election commission based on 95 percent of votes cast, Maliki's State of Law Alliance is in a dead heat with the Iraqiya coalition of former prime minister Iyad Allawi, whose leaders said Tuesday they feared its members would be targets of assassination attempts after the final vote count, according to a UPI report published March 23.

"There is a fear that some competitors could resort to assassination against (Iraqiya's) leaders after the preliminary results, which show the advancement of Iraqiya," said Jamal al-Batiekh, a member of Iraqiya.

Will these fears and anger at the election results cause the fires that consume the cities of the land of Chaldea, fulfilling Jeremiah's 4th judgment on Babylon?

Or are we not seeing the 2,600 year-old prophecy coming true in our time at all? The next few months will prove one or the other.

Personally, at this point, I'd love to stamp this blog closed, prophecy unfulfilled. I'm tired of being on pins and needles all the time. Let the cities burn, or let our troops come home in success at nation building, mission accomplished.

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