White House rejects calls for Iraq vote re-run
The White House has rebuffed calls for a re-run of Iraq's general elections and denied accusations of fraud in the December 15 vote.india Updated: Dec 29, 2005 09:26 IST
The White House has rebuffed calls for a re-run of Iraq's general elections and denied accusations of fraud in the December 15 vote.
"I don't think most are suggesting that there needs to be a re-run because it is the belief that the elections were fair. And that is our view as well," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said on Wednesday.
"I think so far the views on the elections in Iraq have been very positive, both by the UN as well as other observers," Duffy told reporters in Crawford, Texas, where President George W Bush is spending the end of the year.
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several Iraqi cities over the past few days to denounce alleged electoral fraud in the general elections which gave Shi'ite-based religious parties a commanding lead in the preliminary results.
Bush, who seized on the elections to defend his decision to go to war in Iraq, has described the vote as a success.
But the US leader also insisted on the need for Shi'ites and Kurds to include Sunni Arabs in the new Iraqi government.
Asked about the consequences of Sunni protests on the delicate process of forming a new Iraqi government, Duffy said: "We welcome the process under way to build a permanent government in Iraq because that is part of the president's vision on the tracks that he laid out in the past few months, which is that Iraq needs to develop the durable, lasting institutions that will ensure its democracy."
Calls for a re-run election were also rejected by the UN advisor to Iraq's electoral commission, Craig Jenness.