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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Name:Hassan
Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Monday, December 26, 2005

Elections Aftermath

     So far, the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq has not announced the final results of the elections. But the big success that the 555 list (An all Shia list) has achieved so far is creating doubts of the commission's integrity, especially in Baghdad. Accusations and even threats are flying around right now. Just a few days ago, Sunnis organized a massive demonstrations in a few provinces. Some of my friends participated in the Baghdad demonstration. They say that hundreds of thousands were there, and from the pictures I have seen of it, I think they are right. They are demanding that the elections are to be repeated in the provinces that has seen some of these very un-expected results. The un-verified results can be found at the commission's official site.


     Just a few days after the elections, the government decided to partially stop supporting the prices of oil. So the prices of benzene, gasoline and gas has went up 300%, tripled. This has left the Iraqi street in anger. So far, I have not seen a single Iraqi who had liked this decision. Although the price of Oil was very low in Iraq, cheapest than water to be frank, but the Average Iraqi has been used to this prices from the eighties. So the sudden rise in prices has left him raged. Some of the southern militia controlled provinces has even refused to implicate these prices. But I don't think they are going to last much, because the only big refineries capable of handling such massive amounts of oil, are only found in Baghdad, and Beji.


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23 Comments:

Blogger CharlesWT said...

The price of fuel needs to be allowed to approach its market value. But quadrupling the price in a single bound is a bit much. However, the upside should be shorter waiting lines for fuel, less traffic, less smog. Downside, more trouble for those with the most troubles. :(

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Iraqi government went about the fuel prices all wrong! They should have kept the price exactly the same--and started a ration program. Each registered motor vehicle would be allowed to buy 75 liters of fuel per month at the old price through a ration coupon system. If you used more than 75 liters, then you have to pay the new higher price for all that fuel. This would protect the poor while solving the Iraqi government huge budget problem.
I would not provide the subsidy to newer cars (because these people can afford fuel!)

4:36 PM  
Blogger Melantrys said...

A bit off topic, but Happy New Year, Hassan!!!!

8:50 PM  
Blogger cooper said...

hey hasssan, you have a great blog. I enjoy reading it. check out mine if you get a chance and I will definitely keep my eye on yours....

I hope these election results work out okay....

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Anonymous Chele In {dot} LA said...

i miss you and hope that in this new year that you are well..
That your family is well..
Especially in these trying times in your country

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Don Cox said...

Is electricity very cheap in Iraq too? How much per month is an average electricity bill for a family house?

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