Iraq: At least six die as Sistani may boycott vote

Published October 5th, 2009 - 02:16 GMT

A suicide bomber hit a funeral Monday in western Iraq, killing at least six mourners for a member of a tribe with links to security forces, a police official said. According to the AP, the bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a funeral tent in the Sunni area of Haditha, about 220 kilometers northwest of Baghdad. At least 15 people were wounded.


The funeral was for a member of the al-Daghaytha tribe, which includes members of the police and army.


Meanwhile, in southern Iraq, the country's top Shiite cleric threatened to call a boycott of January's parliamentary elections if the voting system includes only the parties and not the names of the candidates. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani wants an "open list" system because he believes it will encourage more voter participation.


According to an official in al-Sistani's office, the cleric may "not play a big role in the political process."


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