Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Final word on Resolution 137

Putting an end to rumours and speculations, the GC finally voted to repeal Res. 137 once and for all. 15 members out of 20 who attended the meeting voted in favour of the repeal, while 5 others (representing the Shi'ite and Islamic parties in the GC) strongly opposed it and withdrew from the meeting along with Salim Al-Chalabi (INC representative) who originally voted in favour of the repeal. A clear victory for the secularists and moderates on the GC against the backward members who apparently intend for us to return to the seventh century while they go about after their interests.