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Claims of Iraqi VIPs Voting in Iranian Election
Arabic Website Claims High Ranking Gov't Officials Voted in Secret
06/16/2009 11:00 AM ET
BAGHDAD - According to the Arabic online news site, IWFFO, The Iraqi Writers for Freedom Organization, some members of the Iraqi government (said to hold Iranian passports) cast ballots in this week’s contested Iranian election. These claims have in no way been verified, and sources were not given.

The site reports that their ranks include “ministers, members of the House of Representatives and officers of the Interior and Defense ministries, and some party leaders,” had gone “in secret to the Iranian embassy, neighboring the Green Zone for the purpose of casting their ballots.” Most are connected the Supreme Council or Dawa.

The names given by IWFFO include Dawa leader Ali al-Adeeb, Supreme Council leader Ammar al-Hakim, The Interior Ministry’s Adnan al-Asadi, MP and Deputy Speaker Khaled al-Attiya, prime ministerial advisor Kata Ndjeman Rikabi, and Finance Minister Bayan Jabr Solak.

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