Al Hakim Fix Date For Elections Az

Al-Hakim: “Fix Date for Elections!”

az-Zaman: Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) has said that the date for elections in Iraq should now be fixed. He preached on the holy day of the 10th of Muharram, which commemorates the martyrdom of the Imam Husayn, grandson of the prophet. He said, that the Iraq people, who have expressed a desire for early elections, should not be ignored. He also urged that the US turn power over to an expanded Interim Governing Council on June 30. He said there should be a guarantee of general liberties for Iraqis. He argued that Iraq should not have a strong central government (most Shiite leaders have insisted on one.)