12 January 2005

Iraqi Elections

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2005 -- Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi has vowed that nationwide voting would be conducted in his country on Jan. 30.
"I'll tell you that the elections will be held as scheduled," Allawi insisted to reporters at a Jan. 10 Baghdad news conference. The prime minister also said that Iraqi-government efforts to curtail the insurgency are bearing fruit. As evidence, he pointed to Iraqi security forces' recent capture of the alleged leader of the Mohammed Army insurgent group and several more arrests involving other suspected terrorists operating in Iraq. Allawi said the arrests demonstrate "the growing capabilities of our forces …in dealing with such terrorist groups." The prime minister also noted that each time terrorist groups appoint new leaders to replace those in detention, then "they will be detained; they will be captured; and they will face trials." The detainees are receiving legal representation, Allawi said, and are to be tried in Iraqi government courtrooms.


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