Iraqi Protesters Oust Appointed Governor
Election Demands Pit Demonstrators Against U.S. Occupation Stance
By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, December 12, 2003; Page A39
HILLA, Iraq, Dec. 11 -- The demonstrators converged on the provincial governor's office on Sunday with banners, sleeping mats,
cooking pots and a simple demand: Iskander Jawad Witwit should quit.
After three days and nights of continuous protests, Witwit did just that. But the demonstrators have refused to budge.
As soon as Witwit resigned, the local representative of the U.S. occupation authority appointed a former Iraqi air force officer as acting governor. To the protesters, that was unacceptable. The new governor, they insisted, should be chosen not by an
American but by Iraqis -- through an election.
"Yes, yes for elections!" shouted the protesters, a collection of students, clerics and middle-aged professionals whose ranks
swelled to more than 1,000 on Thursday. "No, no to appointment!" ...