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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

And good news on the Iraq vote.

Didn't think I'd ever write that, but those ridiculous interpretations passed in an unnanounced Sunday session of the Iraqi paliament that would have basically guranteed passage of the constitution by starting a civil war, have been repealed. The UN came out against it. The US came out against it. And now it has been reversed, thank god, so we can maintain the state of possible civil war rather than guaranteeing our soldiers would be standing in the middle of an open civil war.

(Really tells you the state of things in Iraq that we're all happy that the existing civil war, though being fought, is still undeclared.)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's National Assembly voted on Wednesday to reverse last-minute changes it had made to rules for next week's referendum on a new constitution following criticism by the United Nations and a boycott threat by the Sunni minority.

After a brief debate and with only about half of its 275 members present, the assembly voted 119-28 to restore the original voting rules for the Oct. 15 referendum


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