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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ARAB TIMES, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
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                                                                  MSP wants constitutional reforms


Islamists set to quit Algerian govt
ALGIERS, Dec 26, (RTRS): Boosted by the success of peers
in the region, a leading Algerian Islamist party plans to leave
the ruling coalition before April’s parliamentary election to                                   Citizens and policemen attacked
press for constitutional reforms to limit the powers of the
president.
   “We are for a parliamentary system, not a presidential sys-
tem as is the case now, and we will campaign to change the
constitution,” Bouguera Soltani, leader of the Islamist
                                                                   Jordan probes violent clashes at demo
Movement for Society of Peace (MSP), told Reuters in an            AMMAN, Dec 26, (AFP): Jordan said on Sunday it was              brought to justice,” he told the government-owned Al-
interview.                                                         probing clashes between opposition Islamist demon-              Rai Arabic daily.
   “The final decision belongs to the shura (advisory council)     strators and government loyalists in a northern city,              Police fired tear gas after around 300 Islamists
which should take it by the end of this month. Personally I        where dozens, including police, were wounded.                   clashed with thousands of members of the Bani                     Egyptian prominent blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah (left), hugs his recent-
am with those who support the idea to leave the government            “The government is investigating the clashes that            Hassan, one of Jordan’s largest tribes.                           ly born son, Khaled, after he was released in Cairo, Egypt, Dec 25.
and the majority is with me,” he said.                             erupted Friday in Mafraq, where citizens and policemen             Witnesses said several shops have been destroyed               An Egyptian court ordered the release of Alaa after being detained
   The MSP’s withdrawal from the coalition would not strip         have been attacked,” government spokesman Rakan                 during the clashes, which forced demonstrators to seek            nearly two months ago by the ruling military for his alleged role in
the government of its majority but the party has a big fol-        Majali said in published remarks.                               refuge in a mosque.                                               deadly sectarian clashes in October. At right is Alaa’s unidentified
                                                                      “Offices of the Islamic Action Front (IAF) have been            Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm the                                       sister. (AP)
lowing among conservative Algerians — a large part of the          torched. What happened is unacceptable and intolera-            IAF urged the government on Saturday to arrest the
population.                                                        ble. Those responsible behind the violence will be              attackers.
   Algeria, a major gas supplier to Europe and a Western ally
in the fight against al-Qaeda, has managed to avoid a
spillover from other Arab revolts despite riots over wages            Formerly known as the Movement for an Islamist Society,      not join the resulting uprising that evolved into a decade-long                       ‘Employment jumps’
and high prices in early 2011. Islamist parties have done well     or Hamas in Arabic, the MSP was founded in 1990 by              civil war in which 200,000 people were killed.
in elections this year after uprisings which overthrew leaders     Algerian members of the Muslim Brotherhood and has been            Arab revolts prompted President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to
of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
   “The circumstances that have seen the birth of the govern-
ment coalition in 2002 are over. We need to find new ways to
                                                                   in the government coalition since 2004.
                                                                      The party condemned a coup in 1992 that forced the can-
                                                                   cellation of an election that fellow Islamists FIS, or the
                                                                                                                                   end 19 years of emergency laws imposed to quell the civil
                                                                                                                                   strife. He has also promised reforms that include allowing
                                                                                                                                   new political parties, liberalising the media and amending
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gaza’s tunnel imports
do politics,” Soltani said.                                        Islamic Salvation Front, were poised to win. The MSP did        the constitution.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        start building boom

Suicide bomber kills 7 people
                                                                                                                                                                                                        GAZA, Dec 26, (RTRS): At             in the tunnel economy”, said
                                                                                                                                                                                                        last, Nael Zeyara has a steady       Chris Gunness, spokesman for
                                                                                                                                                                                                        job in construction, thanks to       the United Nations Relief and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        the smuggling of cement              Works Agency for Palestinians
                                                                                                                                                                                                        through Gaza’s network of tun-       (UNRWA).
                                                                                                                                                                                                        nels to Egypt, an underground           UN estimates for the import
                                                                                                                                                                                                        supply line that boosts the          of building materials in



outside Iraq’s interior ministry
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Israeli-blockaded enclave and        September show that 46,500
                                                                                                                                                                                                        creates jobs.                        tonnes of aggregate arrived via
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Zeyara, 30, has been out of       the Kerem Shalom crossing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        work for four years.                 from Israel into Gaza, whereas
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “I lead a tough life with a       90,000 tonnes came through
                                                                                                                                                                                                        wife and four children in a          the tunnels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        rented house,” Zeyara told              Some 9,195 tonnes of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reuters as he worked.                cement came through Kerem
                                              Biden urges ‘dialogue’ to head off political crisis                                                                                                          “Six or seven months ago I        Shalom,       against   90,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                        got my job back when supplies        through the tunnels. For steel
BAGHDAD, Dec 26, (Agencies): At least seven people were killed when                            ground and set fire to nearby vehicles, police said.                                                     began to flow again,” he said.       rods, 1,418 tonnes transited
                                                                                                  A senior police source said authorities believed insurgents were targeting the interior min-          Zeyara earns about $19 a day.        Kerem Shalom versus 15,000
a suicide car bomber hit Iraq’s interior ministry on Monday in the lat-                                                                                                                                    Thanks to hundreds of tun-        via the underground route.
                                                                                               istry because of the announcement of the arrest warrant for Sunni Vice-President Tareq al-
est attack since a crisis erupted between the Shi’ite-led government and                       Hashemi, charged with running death squads.                                                              nels in the sandy soil of the bor-      UNRWA says Gaza’s jobless
Sunni leaders a week ago.                                                                         Taped confessions of suspects the ministry said were Hashemi’s bodyguards were aired on               der zone, a construction boom        rate is still one of the most
   Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought the arrest of the Sunni vice-president state-run Iraqiya television and other local media on Monday and linked the vice-president to                    has buoyed Gaza’s otherwise          severe in the world and a
last Monday and asked parliament to fire his own Sunni deputy, triggering turmoil killings and attacks on Iraqi government and security officials.                                                      crippled economy, according to       “reversal of deepening poverty
that threatens new sectarian strife just after the last US troops withdrew.                       “This is a direct message to us because we are the ones who arrested Tareq al-Hashemi’s               a United Nations report.             and aid dependency among
   The blast occurred when the bomber drove his vehicle into a security cordon outside the     network and we are the ones who should preserve security in the country,” said Ali al-                      Israel only allows construc-      ordinary people in Gaza is
ministry in central Baghdad, detonating an explosion that left dead and wounded on the         Quraishi, a police lieutenant who monitors checkpoints around Baghdad.                                   tion materials into Gaza for the     unlikely.”
                                                                                                                                                               ‘Dialogue’                               use of international relief agen-                  Live
                                                                                                                                                               US Vice-President Joe Biden              cies, including the building of
                                                                                                                                                                                                        houses and schools. It has              About         1.7      million
                                                                                                                                                            on Sunday urged Iraq’s feuding                                                   Palestinians are estimated to
                                                                                                                                                            leaders to convene a “dialogue”             recently permitted the import
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of limited quantities to rebuild     live in the narrow coastal
                                                                                                                                                            to head off a worsening political                                                enclave, a strip of land along
                                                                                                                                                            crisis that has raised sectarian            some factories destroyed in its
                                                                                                                                                                                                        largest military offensive in        the      Mediterranean       Sea
                                                                                                                                                            tensions.                                                                        between southern Israel and
                                                                                                                                                               Biden, President Barack                  Gaza, in 2009.
                                                                                                                                                            Obama’s pointman on Iraq, has                  The UN report said that in        Egypt’s Sinai border.
                                                                                                                                                            made a flurry of calls to Iraqi             an       economy         severely       It is controlled by the
                                                                                                                                                            leaders this week, urging them to           depressed for most of the past       Islamist movement Hamas,
                                                                                                                                                            mend fences after Prime Minister            decade developments in the           which is considered a terrorist
                                                                                                                                                            Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, accused           first half of 2011 provided          organisation by Israel and the
                                                                                                                                                            Sunni Vice President Tareq al-              some marginal relief.                West.
                                                                                                                                                            Hashemi of running a death                     “Employment jumped by                The Hamas administration
                                                                                                                                                            squad staffed by bodyguards.                more than 47,000 jobs in first-      says many factories that had
                                                                                                                                                               In calls to Maliki on Sunday             half 2011, or 24.7 percent, to       closed doors in 2007, when
                                                                                                                                                            and to Kurdish leader Massud                an estimated 237,475. The            Israel tightened its blockade
                                                                                                                                                            Barzani on Saturday, Biden                  broad unemployment rate              after Hamas seized Gaza from
                                                                                                                                                            “exchanged views... on the current          declined to 32.9 percent from        forces loyal to President
                                                                                                                                                            political climate in Iraq and reiter-       45.2 percent in second-half          Mahmoud Abbas, have now re-
                                                                                                                                                            ated our support for ongoing                2010,” the report said.              opened and re-hired their
                                                                                                                                                            efforts to convene a dialogue                                                    employees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Needs                      “The more building increas-
                                                                                                                                                            among Iraqi political leaders,” the
                                                                                                                                                            White House said in a statement.               Gazans say the tunnels have       es, the bigger the number of
                                                                                                                                                               Biden also offered condolences           enabled them to bring in all of      people who will join the labour
                                                                                                                                                            after a spate of attacks in Baghdad         their needs “from the needle to      force,” said contractor Majed
                                                                                                                                                            on Thursday that killed over 60             the rocket”.                         Sabra, supervising at team of
                                                                                                                                                            people.                                        The underground business          10 at a construction site.
                                                                                                                                                               The strikes and the growing              continues to flourish, unde-            Israel restricts the import by
                                                                                                                                                            political row have heightened sec-          terred by dozens of deaths           Gaza of construction materials
                                                                                                                                                            tarian tensions just a week after           from Israeli air strikes or cave-    such as cement and steel,
                                                                                                                                                            the last US soldiers of a force that        ins, and now far outstrips over-     which it says could be used for
                                                                                                                                                            once numbered 170,000 left Iraq,            land imports from Israel that        military purposes by Gaza’s
                                                                                                                                                            drawing the nine-year war to a              enter Gaza via carefully super-      armed factions.
                                                                                                                                                            close.                                      vised official crossing points.         Hamas and Islamic Jihad
                                                                                                                                                               Hashemi — holed up at an offi-              “Despite the easing of            have used the tunnels to import
                                                                                                                                                            cial guesthouse of Iraqi President          restrictions on the Israeli-         rockets which are fired sporad-
Iraqi security forces lead three suspects accused of taking part in the killing of Shiite Muslim pilgrims, to the site of the shooting on Dec 26,           Jalal Talabani in the country’s             imposed blockade, tight con-         ically into Israel.
close to the western city of Ramadi, in the Sunni Muslim dominated province of Anbar. The alleged planners and gunmen killed 22 pilgrims                    autonomous Kurdish region after             trols of the crossings from             Nevertheless, construction
       in September 2011 as they were travelling from Karbala, one of the holiest Shiite Muslim shrines to neighbouring Syria. (AFP)                        an arrest warrant was issued                Israel into Gaza are a signifi-      seems to be going on in every
                                                                                                                                                            against him — has acknowledged              cant factor behind the growth        street.
                                                                                                                                                            that his guards may have carried
                                                             Rockets hit camp                                                                               out attacks but denied any person-
                                                                                                                                                            al involvement.
                                                                                                                                                               Asked if he would return to
                                                                                                                                                            Baghdad to face trial, the 69-                       News in Brief
Iraq agrees to move Iran exiles                                                                                                                             year-old Hashemi told AFP: “Of
                                                                                                                                                            course not,” attributing his
                                                                                                                                                            refusal to poor security and the
                                                                                                                                                            alleged politicization of the jus-
BAGHDAD, Dec 26, (AP): The United                 minimum assurances so that it would be               new location.                                        tice system. Hashemi’s Iraqiya              Aziz barred from calling:            Israeli TV crew attacked:
Nations and the Iraqi government agreed to        acceptable to Ashraf residents,” said Shahin            A statement from US. Secretary of State           bloc, part of Maliki’s national             Tareq Aziz, Saddam Hussein’s         Israeli police say a TV crew has
relocate several thousand Iranian exiles living   Gobadi. “Ashraf residents have repeatedly            Hillary Rodham Clinton said the residents            unity government, has boycotted             ailing former deputy premier         been attacked by a group of
in a camp in northeastern Iraq, potentially       emphasized that they would in no way accept          would be moved to Camp Liberty, a former             parliament and the cabinet in               now on death row, is no longer       ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in a
averting a showdown with its residents. The       forcible relocation.”                                US. military base near the Baghdad                   protest at the prime minister’s             allowed to tele-                     city that has become a symbol
                                                                                                                                                            alleged centralization of power.            phone his fami-                      of violent religious extremism.
dissidents, who have not said whether they           Since Saddam’s overthrow, Iraq’s new              International Airport.                                  The New York Times, citing               ly from prison                           Police spokesman Micky
would agree to move, reported a rocket attack     leaders have improved relations with Iran               At Camp Liberty, the UN’s refugee agency          senior US administration offi-              in Iraq, his son                     Rosenfeld says ultra-Orthodox
on the camp.                                      and have sought to shut down the camp,               will interview the residents to determine their      cials, reported that the United             said on Sunday.                      men surrounded a Channel 2
   The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of        home to 3,400 residents and located in bar-          eligibility to get refugee status, before they can   States is weighing a far more                  “The                              news truck and hurled stones at
Iran, one-time allies of Saddam Hussein in a      ren terrain northeast of Baghdad about 50            eventually be resettled in third countries,          subdued role in Iraq and has no             Americans                            it, lightly wounding one mem-
common fight against Iran, said Katyusha          miles (80 kms) from the Iranian border. The          Clinton said.                                        intention to send US troops back            used to give                         ber of the TV crew.
rockets struck near housing units inside the      UN reported that at least 34 people were                “We are encouraged by the Iraqi govern-           to the country.                             my father 30                             He says the rioters also stole
camp on Sunday night, but did not report any      killed in a raid by Iraqi government forces          ment’s willingness to commit to this plan, and          But it quoted one administra-            minutes a                            TV equipment. The attack took
casualties.                                       in April.                                            expect it to fulfill all its responsibilities,” she  tion official as saying the future          month to call                        place in Beit Shemesh, a city of
   A representative of the camp’s residents said     The United Nations Assistance Mission for         said in the statement. “To be successful, this       security and diplomatic relation-           his family. He           Aziz        85,000 just outside Jerusalem.
Monday they were still waiting to see the         Iraq announced an agreement Sunday night             resettlement must also have the full support of                                                  was also                                 On Friday, Channel 2 aired a
                                                                                                                                                            ship with Iraq would be “col-               allowed to make phone calls on
agreement before commenting on whether            that establishes a process to move the residents     the camp’s residents, and we urge them to            ored” by how well Maliki holds                                                   story about tensions in the city
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christmas and New Year’s             between modern Orthodox resi-
they would decide to relocate or not.             of Camp Ashraf to a temporary location. It did       work with the UN to implement this reloca-           together a governing coalition              Day,” Ziad Aziz, who lives in        dents and the extremist ultra-
   “We hope that it would officially include the  not give a timeline for the move or specify the      tion.”                                               that includes Sunnis and Kurds.             Jordan with his family, told         Orthodox Haredi sect.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        AFP.                                     The story featured an 8-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Now all of this is history.      old American girl who says she
                      Tehran hangs five for drug trafficking                                                                                                                                            My father can no longer call his     is afraid to walk to school in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        family or grandchildren.”            morning because the town’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aziz, 75, a Christian who         Haredim have spat on her and
Iran ready to expand military links with Iraq                                                                                                                                                           was sentenced to death in 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                        after having been found guilty
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of “deliberate murder and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cursed her. (AP)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ❑     ❑      ❑
TEHRAN, Dec 26, (AFP): Iran stands ready to                    “I hope the humiliating failure of the United States                                                                                     crimes against humanity,” was        Egypt deports 93: An
expand its military and security ties with Iraq, its        after nine years of occupying Iraq will serve as a les-                                                                                     moved a year ago from Camp           Egyptian airport official says
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cropper, a US army detention         the government has deported 93
armed forces chief of staff said Sunday, a week after       son for them to never think of attacking another                                                                                                                                 Ethiopians who entered Egypt
the exit of US forces from the neighbouring Arab            country,” he said.                                                                                                                          centre, to the Iraq-run
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Khadimiyah jail in Baghdad.          with hopes of crossing the Sinai
country.                                                       Firouzabadi added that Iran was now “ready to                                                                                                                                 desert into Israel illegally.
   General Hassan Firouzabadi hailed the “forced            expand its military and security ties with Iraq.”                                                                                              Iraqi President Jalal Talabani
                                                                                                                                                                                                        has refused to sign his execution       The airport official says 42
departure” of the US and allied forces that he said            Zebari led a delegation of Iraqi military chiefs to                                                                                                                           Ethiopians were repatriated on
                                                                                                                                                                                                        order.
“was due to the resistance and determination of the         Iran last month to explore greater cooperation                                                                                                                                   Sunday and another 51 were
Iraqi people and government,” the state Islamic                                                                                                                                                            “My father has lost his ability   sent back home a day earlier.
                                                            between the two defence forces.                                                                                                             to walk after his health signifi-
Republic News Agency reported.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The official says the migrants
   The statements were made in messages                                        Also:                                                                                                                    cantly deteriorated. Inmates are     crossed into Egypt from its
                                                                                                                                                                                                        taking care of him, making food
Firouzabadi sent to his Iraqi counterpart, Lieutenant       TEHRAN: Iran hanged five convicted drug traffick-                                                                                           for him and washing his              southern border with Sudan two
General Babaker Zebari, and to Iraq’s acting defence        ers in a prison in the northern city of Shahrud on                                                                                          clothes,” Ziad Aziz said in          weeks ago. He spoke on condi-
minister, Saadun al-Dulaimi, IRNA said.                     Monday, the official IRNA news agency reported.                                                                                             Amman. (AFP)                         tion of anonymity because he
                                                                                                                       Lebanese security stand by as protesters hold up banners outside                                                      was not authorized to speak to
   The departure of the US troops “was due to the              The report did not give the identities or ages of the   the Egyptian embassy in Beirut on Dec 26, to denounce the mili-                            ❑      ❑      ❑            reporters. (AP)
resistance and determination of the Iraqi people and        people sent to gallows but mentioned that they were        tary’s attacks on women and to call for an immediate end to the vio-
government,” he said.                                       from different Iranian cities.                                            lence against protesters in Egypt. (AFP)

								
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