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News number: 8812151395

16:26 | 2010-03-06

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Iraqi Envoy: Financial Aids to Candidates not to Determine Elections Fate

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's envoy to Tehran ensured that the financial aids extended by a number of foreign states to certain Iraqi candidates could not determine the fate of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections.



"Injection of political dollars may affect the trend of Iraq's parliamentary elections to some extent but it cannot effect our country's political trend," Iraq's ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Majid al-Sheikh said in an interview with FNA on Saturday.

"Today, the one who imposes its will in Iraq today is the Iraqi nation and not a few individuals or dominating bands. The will of the Iraqi nation is stronger than any other will today," he added.

"The Iraqi people are trying to elect a person who is banded with the nation and send him to the parliament, and not those who are trying to open a ground for themselves through (spending) the money they are receiving from here and there," the envoy added.

Majid al-Sheikh described Iraqi people as wise and vigilant, and expressed the hope that the will of the Iraqi nation would govern the fate of the upcoming elections.

Iraq's national parliamentary elections are due to be held on March 7, leading to the formation of a new government.

More than 6,218 candidates from six major coalitions and several tribal and minority groups are vying for the 325 seats in the Council of Representatives.

The comments by the Iraqi envoy came days after media reports indicated that Saudi Arabia is putting large amounts of money to support former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi who leads a secular Sunni-Shiite coalition into parliamentary elections.

The results of the parliamentary elections will set the tone for the country as it struggles to move forward amid the looming 2011 final withdrawal of the US forces.

The elections, the second national vote since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, is seen as a crucial step towards consolidating Iraq's democracy and securing a complete US military exit by the end of 2011.