Iraq’s Sunnis feel threatened

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Courtesy of Al Jazeera

Courtesy of Al Jazeera

By Zenia Khodr, Al Jazeera Middle East Correspondent

The last time I visited Mosul was in April … it is still a dangerous city but I felt the tension has subsided.

While we were driving through the city… it was something a security adviser of the Mosul governor’s office told me that made me realize how serious and dangerous the consequences of the political impasse over the election law could be.

“You see all this destruction … It was all destroyed in 2005, 2006 and 2007. What you are seeing would be nothing compared to what may happen if we don’t take part in the election. I am not just talking about myself but all the people in Mosul,” Zuhair Younes said.


Courtesy of Al Jazeera

Resentment, anger … that was the feeling I got after speaking to many people of this northern Iraqi province.

This is a Sunni heartland. And the provincial authorities, tribal elders and many of its people are threatening to boycott national elections if parliament approves a law that reduces the number of seats allocated to their province.

“This is a conspiracy to get rid of nationalists. Hashemi doesn’t represent anyone but himself,” Brahim Sabaweh, a resident of Mosul said.

There is no love lost for vice-president Tarek Hashemi – himself a Sunni. He initially vetoed the law because he wanted more representation for Iraqi exiles abroad – many of them Sunnis.

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