Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets of Baghdad in protest at preliminary results from the general election earlier this month.It appears that the incumbent Shi’ite Islamic bloc has a strong lead in crucial areas, despite a large turnout by Sunni Arabs, who had boycotted the previous vote.
Bardian Yousef is a Christian. “We want all our voices to be heard,” he says. “We want people to know that we want a united government that sees all Iraqis – whether Sunni, Shi;ite or Christian – as equals. We want to reconstruct Iraq.”
“We are against the division caused by colonialism and the US. Such a division will lead to sectarian violence.”
More than 40 different political groups are taking part in the march to call for a new election. Iraqi politicians will meet in the north tomorrow to look at the possibility of forming a national unity government.